Sunday is the 3rd (and final) Scrutiny. And the last regular Sunday in Lent.
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. It’s time to get ready for what’s coming.
The first reading starts with of one of the more striking visuals in the Bible, the valley of dry bones. That’s the lead-in for the reading, which shows God calling his people to rise from their graves. It’s dramatic. And a little macabre. And lets us know what God is capable of doing.
Like the first reading, the Gospel foreshadows what’s coming during Holy Week. And like the first reading, it shows us what God is capable of doing.
But where the first reading is the view from 30,000 feet, the Gospel shows us God working on a very intimate and personal level.
Which is a perfect lead-in for what will be presented at the 3rd Scrutiny – the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father – and the point that this presentation makes.
A God this powerful is also this intimate and personal. And wants to have that kind of a relationship with each of us.