2nd Sunday of Lent Year B

Published on 19 Feb 2018
Three people on a mountain with light around them

Listen! 

O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son,

be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word,

that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory

The readings for this second Sunday in Lent invite us to listen and to trust that God will lead us in ways that are life-giving.

Abraham learns that he can trust God with the life of his precious son, even though what he is asked to do seems contrary to all God’s previous promises. His obedience and faithfulness are blessed by God (First Reading).

St. Paul reminds us that, since God gave up his only Son as his gift to us, we can be certain that he will not refuse us anything that we ask. God is on our side! We can trust him for our needs (Second Reading).

In the Gospel, we hear Jesus ask for a different kind of trust from Peter, James and John. After seeing Jesus transfigured in all his glory on the mountain top, they are asked to listen and believe in him, but to wait for the right time to speak of all they have seen and heard.

The Psalmist sings a song of rejoicing. Even when sorely afflicted, he has trusted in the Lord. Now he gives thanks for the ways in which the Lord has freed him, and becomes a joyful witness before all God’s people.

We pray for the grace to listen and to trust more fully in Jesus this Lent so that we, too, may “walk in the presence of the Lord”.

With God on our side who can be against us?  Second Reading

Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord that I seek; hide not your face from me.  Entrance Antiphon

Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Second Reading

I trusted, even when I said: “I am sorely afflicted.” Responsorial Psalm
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

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

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