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Gathering Ritual3rd Sunday of Lent • March 4, 2018 • Jesus Cleanses the TempleSunday Readings: Exodus 20:1–17; 1 Corinthians 1:22–25; John 2:13–25Play and Sing: “We Will Walk With God” from the Venture/Visions Music CD, CD-2, #8). Lyrics are available to download and print at We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.Leader: Let us pray. Jesus, you are the new Temple, the new dwelling of God among us. In your Death and Resurrection, you reveal the new temple of your body. Walk with us on our Lenten journey.Psalm 19, Sunday’s Responsorial PsalmLeader: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.All: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.Leader: The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted; it gives wisdom to the simple.All: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.GospelLeader: Let us prepare to listen to the Gospel.All: Loving God, open our ears to hear your Gospel. Open our hearts to live the Gospel.Reader: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 2:13–25). Use the Gospel in reader parts from Venture or Visions.ReflectionJesus’ power is love. Though he is God’s son, Jesus comes among us as one of us. Jesus loved us so that we might see clearly that we should love each other. Love is divine power. Love is stronger than death. The Ten Commandments provide us with a guide for living with other people in love and respect. We reveal God as Jesus did when we love, feed, clothe, welcome, shelter, care for, and visit one another. Let us go now to our sessions and think together about ways we can respect and love others so we can spread Jesus’ Good News.Concluding PrayerLeader: Who has ideas about how we can live out the Commandments that state our covenant duties toward God and others? (Consider using the play on pages 1–3 in Venture, “God and the Hebrews Make A Covenant.”)Leader: I brought you out of the place of slavery.All: Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.Leader: Stop turning God’s house into a marketplace. All: Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.Leader: Destroy this temple and in three days I will rebuild it!All: Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.Family Catechesis© 2018 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis program is a free resource available to parishes, schools, and families who use P aum Gospel Weeklies. They may also reproduce the Family Corner feature for use in digital and print publications. (800-543-4383)

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