MARCH 12, 2017: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT - Cycle A



First Reading
Genesis 12:1-4a
God promises Abram a great blessing.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22
God's mercy is upon those who trust in God.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Through God's grace we are called to holiness.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus is transfigured on the mountain in the presence of Peter, James, and John.



For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to the desert to his Transfiguration. Each year on the first Sunday of Lent, our Gospel tells the story of Jesus' temptation in the desert. On the second Sunday of Lent each year, we hear the story of Jesus' Transfiguration.

The story of Jesus' Transfiguration is told in the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In each of those Gospels, the Transfiguration follows Jesus' first prediction of his death and his teaching about the costs of discipleship. Jesus' Transfiguration is a promise of Jesus' glory, his Resurrection.


 

On a mountain in today's reading, a voice affirms that Jesus is God's Son in words reminiscent of the voice at Jesus' baptism.

In addition, the appearance of Moses and Elijah on the mountain connects this story with God's relationship to the people of Israel.

Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets, respectively. Together with Jesus, they represent God's complete Word.

The Transfiguration occurs in the presence of just three of Jesus' disciples: Peter, James, and John. In Matthew's Gospel, those disciples are among the first whom Jesus calls.

The three men are identified as an “inner circle” among Jesus' disciples when Jesus asks them to accompany him to the Garden of Gethsemane just before his arrest.



Family Connection

As a family, talk about some of your times of highs and lows. How have you been able to use the good times and experiences to sustain you in the difficult ones? Jesus' Transfiguration may have been an event from which Peter, James, and John drew courage when they faced the difficult events of Jesus' Passion. Read together today's Gospel, Matthew 17:1-9. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the good times and experiences that your family has had together. Pray that your family will use these experiences to sustain you during times of difficulty. Close by praying today's psalm, Psalm 33.






[Lectio Divina for First Sunday Lent PDF]




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APRIL 9: PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
Dick Hauser, S.J.
These words of Jesus spoken while hanging on the cross are among the most disturbing words in the Gospels. Jesus’ cry of ...to be continued

 

APRIL 9: PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
Today we begin Holy Week, the days during which we journey with Jesus on his way of the cross and anticipate his ...to be continued

 

APRIL 2: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
Father Albert Lakra
Out of the depths I call to you O Lord: Lord hear my cry. Listen ...to be continued

APRIL 2: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Our Gospel on this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, is again taken ...to be continued

 

MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
Father Albert Lakra
There is a story told about a little boy at church with his mother ...to be continued

MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
As we did last week, we are reading today from the Gospel of ...to be continued

 

MARCH 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Eileen Burke-Sullivan
I have always been struck by the simplicity of the Annunciation ...to be continued

MARCH 20: Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Maureen McCann Waldron
Jesus had a radically different view of God, one that drew so ...to be continued

 

MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
by Luis Rodriguez
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
On this Sunday and the next two Sundays, we break from ...to be continued

 

MARCH 12: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
by Joan Blandin Howard
Remember the first time riding a “two wheeler” without training ...to be continued

MARCH 12: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

 

MARCH 5: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
by Larry Gillick, S.J.
In our First Reading for this liturgy, we hear of one garden, two ...to be continued

MARCH 5: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
In each of the three Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) ...to be continued

 

 

PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the King of Israel - Saint Andrew of Crete
We keep the coming feast of the Lord through deeds, not words - Saint Athanasius
Are we not all one another's brothers? - Theodore the Studite
Christ the high priest makes atonement for our sins - Origen
The mercy of God to the penitent - St. Maximus the Confessor
Hold fast to God, the one true good - Saint Ambrose
A Samaritan woman came to draw water - Saint Augustine
Friendship with God - William A. Barry, SJ
Christ and Moses - St. John Chrysostom
What should I give up for Lent? chocolate? ice cream? soda?
In Christ we suffered temptation, and in him we overcame ... - Saint Augustine
Biblical time: Chronos or Kairos? - Archbishop Christopher Prowse

 

 

 

 

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