Posted by: matt25 | March 9, 2009

2nd Sunday of Lent- A reflection on the reading for Mass

This is a reflection rather than a homily because it is my homework for a class on learning how to give a homily. Any and all constructive criticism is welcome. Thank you for helping me to become better prepared should I be blessed with the gift of ordination in 2010.
Reading 1 Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Reading II Rom 8:31b-34
Gospel Mk 9:2-10

Today we heard how Abraham offered his only son. In the second reading St. Paul makes a clear connection between that and God offering Jesus his only son for us.

Abraham was willing to give all to the Lord. And he was blessed by it and changed into the patriarch of not only the Jews but the Muslims and Christians as well. And we are still blessed by his choice to this very day.

And my friends we are also blessed today by the choices of those all around us who are willing to listen to God’s call and sacrifice things that they care about out of the sense of a greater love.

–  We have priests and religious who offer up a life without the companionship of a spouse for the love of God.
–  Husbands and wives who care more for their spouse than they do for themselves.
–  Single people who struggle to live godly lives as a witness to a world desperately in need of conversion.
–  Parents who go without, so that their children will be better off.
–  Children who out of love obey their parents even in the face of peer pressure.

This is by no means a complete list, all around us are saints in process.

I can’t help but think about our call to Lenten discipline. About that call to give something up, sacrificing something that we are attached to in order to help us draw closer to God.

Some of us have begun our Lenten discipline already have some have not. But I think all of us can ask God about that today.

We can ask God, what are you asking me to offer to you God..? And then be silent and listen.

What better time is there to do this, then immediately after we receive our Lord in his body and blood, soul and divinity at the Eucharistic table?

That is the perfect time for us to allow Jesus to lead us up upon the high mountain of our heart and our soul.

What an amazing and beautiful gift we have in the Eucharist, where we take a transfigured Christ into ourselves and in so doing receive the grace necessary for us to be changed as well.

We must cultivate always that sense of awe of that Peter, James, and John experienced…

“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!”

In our awe, in our thanksgiving, and in our listening, we will sometimes feel a tug to do something or maybe give something up that keeps us from developing our relationship with God.

It is not too late to listen and start, or maybe adjust our Lenten discipline, according to what we hear God speak to us today in our hearts.

So I ask you to consider praying about this after you receive Jesus today. And when we sing after communion, let these words come from the deepest part of you:

Change our hearts this time,
your word says it can be.
Change our minds this time,
your life could make us free.
We are the people you’re call set apart,
Lord this time
change our hearts.

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