Second Sunday of Lent-B - Sunday, 25 February 2018
First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2. 9-13. 15-18
Psalm: Ps 115-10. 15-19. “I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living.”
Second Reading: Romans 8:31-34
Gospel Acclamation: cf Matthew 17:5
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
**Today’s episode is dedicated to the memory of my beloved father, William John Kelly, whose first anniversary occurs at this time….
Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The following hymn is lovingly dedicated to William John Kelly (8th June 1942 - 27th February 2017). This is faith hope and love…. (Please listen to this podcast link: https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/lent-2b-faith-hope-and-love (EPISODE: 80)
ABRAHAM AND HIS FAITH JOURNEY
The story of Abraham being asked to deliberately sacrifice someone he loved, more than his own life, is really horrifying. It would be absolutely appalling to destroy someone we love. If anyone actually did this it would be unspeakable. Some scholars have suggested this incident is really about God, once and for all, putting an end to the archaic and misguided practice of human sacrifice. It is ultimately God who is the one staying the hand of Abraham. In fact, it is God alone who does not ever spare his only son in Jesus –in order to save everyone… and not because God wants to see his son suffer or die, but because he knows what Our God is willing to sacrifice in love, in order to save us. God spares nothing and goes to the ultimate length to share complete solidarity with us. In life and death, in joy and devastation, God gives us everything he has. God holds nothing back. It is impossible to truly understand the depths of this unmerited love and commitment that God has given to us.
This Sunday we hear of Abraham and of the Transfiguration story. Despite its vividness, the drama and even horror of Isaac’s near-sacrifice actually take something of a backseat to the main point: Abraham’s faith in God and utter trust in God’s promises. In a similar way, Peter, James, and John also find faith on the mountain: They see the revelation of Jesus in his full glory. These scenes give us a taste of Easter glory to come and challenge us to believe that Jesus is everything he says he is.
• Even the disciples didn’t see Jesus clearly, and they were with him all the time. Abraham, too, misunderstood the God he followed for a long time.
In lent, let us take some time to try and see Jesus more clearly. Let us not allow familiarity obscure his glory and his challenging message.
• We all need a transfiguration of our image of God once in a while to ensure we see God more clearly. May this season of Lent ensure that we are not fashioning God according to our convenience, or according to our own image and likeness…..but rather encountering God in Jesus in the fullness of his radical message.
We are invited to make Jesus the complete centre of all of our faith.
Jesus is the Son of God, the Son of the Father. Jesus gives meaning to every aspect of our life. Jesus invites us to share his relationship with His Father.
Can we, like Abraham, put our complete and utter trust in God. Trust God even when we don’t understand the meaning of what might be happening to us at any different moment of our lives. Will we trust utterly in Christ and be humble and completely obedient to his vision.
Lent is about removing obstacles to our faith but also about choosing to let Jesus be the meaning of our lives. Let us walk in the light of the Lord.
And, (Just as Jesus is transfigured), may we be changed.
Fr Paul W. Kelly
also, Abbot’s Homily, Monastery of Christ in the Desert;
Prepare the Word resources.
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Second Sunday of Lent-B
(Sunday, 25 February 2018)
(EPISODE: 80 )
The Lord be with you.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault,* through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.
own proper Preface
Communion side. pwk: LH
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
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