Sunday 25 February 2018

About Today Readings

Second Lent Week II Psalter. 2nd Sunday of Lent. [St Casimir].

Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. Psalm 115(116):10, 15-19. Romans 8:31-34. Mark 9:2-10.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living—Psalm 115(116):10, 15-19.

‘This is my beloved Son: listen to him.’

The readings of this day have powerful lessons for us. Both amazing events take place away from the ordinariness of life. In the place apart, there is time for careful listening and then for willing participation in God’s plan. God asks for Abraham’s complete trust in sacrificing his beloved son, Isaac. Knowing the father’s love for the boy, God takes compassion and relieves him of this pain.

As Peter, James and John are invited up the mountain, they are not expecting the blockbuster that greets their eyes in the meeting of Jesus with Moses and Elijah. But even more tremendous is the fact that God affirms Jesus as his Son. Listen is the key word. God gives us his Son, demonstrating his love for us. And now we walk in the presence of this love in our land today.

 

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