Third Sunday of Lent

Year B / Sunday, March 7, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings:

     Exodus 20:1–17 or 20:1–3, 7–8, 12–17 

     Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (Rx Jn 6:68c) 

     1 Corinthians 1:22–25 

     John 2:13–25 

THE TEMPLE CLEANSING IS FOUND IN ALL FOUR GOSPELS. However, John puts this scene right after Jesus’s miracle at Cana at the start of his ministry. In the synoptics, it takes place at the end and is a catalyst for Jesus’s arrest. 

The marketplace system at the temple wasn’t anything new to Jews. Buying and selling animals was a necessary activity for pilgrims who wanted to offer sacrifice. Furthermore, not only moneychangers but also the Roman government benefitted from this system. So why would Jesus, at the beginning of his ministry, show such rage against this everyday practice sanctioned by both church and state? 

John’s placement is both a Christological statement and a challenge to Christ’s would-be followers. Do you believe in Jesus because of the miracles and signs? Or do you believe in what the signs point to—the world-turned-upside-down reign of God embodied in Jesus himself? In today’s society, built upon systemic injustice, the question for Christians may be this: Do you worship human structures and systems that benefit the powerful few at the expense of the marginalized, even if they are long-held religious practices? Or do you worship Christ, who is the temple for every age? Can we turn over the tables of our own systems of injustice even if it means disrupting our everyday lives? 

—Diana Macalintal 

Suggested Music

Expanded listings for Sundays and Solemnities can be found at

Not by Bread Alone

M. Roger Holland II

G-9520 · SATB, cantor, assembly, piano, opt. flute, violin, cello

MYSTAGOGY MOMENT: “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
These words should give us comfort in this time of pandemic. While many of us have not been able to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, Christ is still coming to us through the Word. The Book of the Gospels is lifted high in the entrance processional reminding us of the holiness of God’s Word. Where do you see yourself in the readings this week? How will the Word nourish you until we can fully worship together again?
– Victoria Zibell

Teach Me, O Lord

Thomas Attwood

G-3045 · SATB, organ

Words of Everlasting Life

Chris de Silva

G-7681 · SAB, cantor, assembly, piano, guitar, Opt. C instrument and string quartet

We Marvel at the Words, O Christ

Arr. Karl Moyer

G-5567 · SATB, organ

More suggestions for the Third Sunday of Lent…


A Simple Command • Alexander Peloquin

SATB, organ

Teach Me, O Lord • David Hurd

SATB, organ, opt. assembly

Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord • William Fox


With Eternal Love • Lucien Deiss, Cssp.

SATB, assembly, keyboard, opt. 2 C instruments

I Know Something About God’s Grace • Patrick D. Bradley

SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar

Eternal Light • Edward Eicker


Song of Mercy • Paul Hillebrand

SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard

Tree of Life • Aaron Thompson

SAB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar