Saturday, March 16, 2019
2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
March 17, 2019 - 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
Gn 15: 5 – 12, 17 – 18 / Phil 3: 17 – 4: 1 / Lk 9: 28b – 36
From the 1st Reading: Gn 15: 5 – 7, 18
Than Yahweh brought Abram outside and said to him, "Look up at the sky and count the stars if you can.. Your descendants will be like that."
Abram believed Yahweh who, because of this, held him to be an upright man. And he said, "I am Yahweh who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession."
On that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this country from the river of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates."
2nd Reading: Phil 3: 17 – 4: 1
Unite in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and look at those who walk in our way of life. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. I have said it to you many times, and now I repeat with tears: they are heading for ruin; their belly is their god and they feel proud of what should be their shame. They only think of earthly things.
For us, our citizenship is in heaven, from where we await the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord. He will transfigure our lowly body, making it like his own body, radiant in Glory, through the power which is his to submit everything to himself.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, you my glory and my crown, be steadfast in the Lord..
Gospel Reading: Lk 9: 28 - 36
About eight days after Jesus had said all this, he took Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became dazzling white. Two men were talking with Jesus: Moses and Elijah. They had just appeared in heavenly glory and were telling him about his departure that had to take place in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had fallen asleep, but they awoke suddenly and saw Jesus' Glory and the two men standing with hm. As Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter said to him, "Master, how good it is for us to be here for we can make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. For Peter did not know what to say. And no sooner had he spoken than a cloud appeared and covered them; and the disciples were afraid as they entered the cloud then these words came from the cloud, "This is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to him." And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was there alone.'' The disciples kept this to themselves at the time, telling no one of anything they had seen..
The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent are very interesting. In the first reading from Genesis, God promises Abram a nation. In the Gospel reading, an account of the transfiguration of Jesus, the Lord shows himself in glory to Peter and his two companions: "his face was changed and his clothing became dazzling white."
In the second reading from Paul's letter to the Philippians, Paul speaks of how far astray the enemies of the cross of Christ have gone.
The covenant with God is a long-term commitment. Its completion is not something we can even begin to imagine; its fulfillment we will not see in our lifetime.
Whatever happens, however we may be, God remains faithful to his covenant with us. We may not see flaming fire or smoking kalderos consume our puny offerings; in intense moments of our lives we hopefully will see that God is there, enduring and faithful.
The invitation for us then is to be faithful and vigilant: "Listen to him," the voice from the cloud declared. The challenge is to be sensitive to God's gentle nudges or jarring wake-up calls. Lest we fall into shameless acts and behavior, let us remain faithful, hopefully to see the face of God in this life and in the next.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Arvin Nicholas P. Castro
Mark Hil S. Sayson
Tama & Christina Ng
Have a good day!
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