Saturday, February 28, 2015
2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
March 1, 2015 - 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
Cycle B, Violet
Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 / Rom 8: 31b-34 / Mk 9:2-10
First Reading: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Some time later God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he answered, "Here I am." Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I shall point out to you."
When Abraham had built the altar and set the wood on it, he then stretched out his hand to seize the knife and slay his son. But the Angel of Yahweh called to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!"
And he said, "Here I am." "Do not lay your hand on the boy; do not harm him, for now I know that you fear God, and you have not held back from me your only son."
Abraham looked around and saw behind him a ram caught by its horns in a bush. He offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
And the Angel of Yahweh called from heaven a second time, "By myself I have sworn, it is Yahweh who speaks, because you have done this and not held back your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the lands of their enemies. All the nations of the earth will be blessed through your descendants because you have obeyed me."
Second Reading: Rom 8: 31b-34
If God is with us, who shall be against us? If he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not give us all things with him? Who shall accuse those chosen by God: he takes away their guilt. Who will dare to condemn them? Christ who died, and better still, rose and is seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us?
Gospel: Mk 9:2-10
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking to Jesus.
Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came this word, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him." And suddenly, as they looked around they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.
As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what "to rise from the dead" could mean.
In God's wise providence the transfiguration of Christ took place between two startling and disheartening experiences on the part of Christ's followers, the revelation of Christ that "the Son of Man will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him, but three days after he has been killed, he will rise" and his actual crucifixion and death on the cross.
Understandably, "the disciples did not understand these words [about his death] and they were afraid to ask him what he meant." His disciples had known him as an admirable teacher and miracle-worker; Peter had publicly professed him as "the Messiah." What does his prediction about his death mean?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
JEFFREY N. SARMIENTO
MARIE JOY SALITA
MYRASOL A. OROSA
IN MEMORIAM (+)
DOLORES A. UNSON (BDAY)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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