In the middle of the season of Lent, the Scriptures for this Sunday remind us that we must turn away from sin and be converted. What we began on Ash Wednesday now takes an even more serious turn as we are confronted with the final judgement and our conscience. The disciples ask Jesus (in effect): "Why do bad things happen (to good people)?" Jesus does not answer the question directly; rather he asks us to ask ourselves, "Will I be ready to meet the Lord when my time comes?" St. Paul tells the Corinthians, "Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall." This is the acceptable time -- a privileged time -- to turn back to the Lord.