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Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

Today, we encounter Abraham as he is put to the test. After Abraham received the promise that he would be come the father of a multitude of nations, now God instructs him to offer his only descendant, Isaac, “as a holocaust.” God stops Abraham as he is ready to offer the sacrifice. This text is a teaching for the people of that time. The author of Genesis wants us to know that God does not desire any human sacrifice or any harm to come to a son or daughter. God is a God of life not death.

The deeper meaning of the narrative of the Transfiguration for St. Mark and for us is that even after a powerful encounter with God, we must come back to earth, continue to hear Jesus’ voice, and follow him on the way to the cross.

Notice how Jesus regularly tells those who have a powerful encounter with God, “not to relate what they had seen to anyone.” Jesus is concerned that people receive the full revelation of who he is, not just as a healer, miracle worker or even the beloved Son of God. He wanted people to know that he is the fully human person of the divine who will undergo suffering and death. Jesus’s glory comes only through the lens of the cross.

The readings we hear today encourage a deep faith and trust in God. In the gospel, a voice from the cloud says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”  How do you take time in prayer not only to talk, but also to listen to Jesus?

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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