Sunday 25 February 2024

About Today Readings

2nd Sunday of Lent

Genesis 22:1–2, 9–13, 15–18. I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living – Psalm 115(116):10, 15–19. Romans 8:31–34. Mark 9:2–10.

Jesus is human and divine

Abraham has climbed a mountain and built an altar, ready to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. An angelic voice intervenes: Abraham’s loving obedience to God has protected Isaac from harm. The love for a son is heard again in the Transfiguration, with the voice from the cloud proclaiming, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved’. A beloved child, held in love. A love which seeks society’s outcasts, which heals, which challenges injustice and hypocrisy. A love which faces rejection and betrayal and hangs on a cross. A sacrificial self-emptying love, poured unendingly into the world, from mountain to valley, abiding with all creation. The Transfiguration shows Jesus as human and divine, the one who is clothed in dazzling white on a mountaintop alongside the most esteemed prophets of Israel. Yet this is also the man who remains with a bewildered Peter, James and John when the cosmic drama has ended. The one who returns down the mountains with them, back to their ordinary lives. Jesus, Beloved One, walk with us into the valley of our everyday lives.

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