2nd Sunday of Lent Year A

Published on 05 Mar 2017
Mosaic of the Transfiguration scene with Jesus, Moses and Elijah

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 Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with his love. Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 32

Rely on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8

“Lord”, he said, “it is wonderful for us to be here”.  Gospel Matthew 17:1–9

From the cloud, there came a voice “This is my Son, the be-loved. He enjoys my favour. Listen to him.” Gospel Matthew 17:1–9

As we move further into Lent together, today's opening prayer encourages us to ask for greater integrity, to seek wholeness. We are called to change. It focuses on the gift of sight, reminding us that we often don’t ‘see’ very well; in fact sometimes we are blind to God’s action in our lives. I wonder how these words apply to me. I become still and take time to reflect. I seek the presence of my God who is ever faithful. When I look within myself, do I see only what I want to see? When I pray, do I listen to God’s word within me? Is it only the other people in my life who need a change of heart? I turn to God, I look at the one who knows and loves me, the one who judges me with integrity, I stay with him for a while, spending time as I would with a good friend.

Help me, Lord, to look at my life through your eyes and give me the grace I need to grow in love.