2nd Sunday of Lent (March 20)

Reflection for Penitential Rite: God is a lavish gift- giver. God’s favorite gift to us is the gift of faith. Have we failed to accept this gift?

Reflection for Penitential Rite: God is a lavish gift- giver. God’s favorite gift to us is the gift of faith. Have we failed to accept this gift?

Liturgy of the Word:

1st Reading: In the first reading, Abraham shows faith in God’s word. It will lead to many blessings.

2nd Reading: In the second reading, Paul encourages Timothy to persevere in his efforts for the gospel. He can depend on God’s help because of the grace bestowed on him in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: In the Gospel, Jesus is transfigured in the presence of his disciples, manifesting to them his divine identity.

Reflection on the Readings: Faith is a gift freely given by God. We don’t earn faith anymore than Abraham or Paul did. Although a gift, we can pray God to strengthen our faith. “Lord I believe! Help my unbelief!” And God hears all prayers.

Reflection for Offertory: Pray for the gift of faith, realizing in mystery that Abraham’s faith and Paul’s faith is assuredly yours. Faith is there because God is there. We need only empty ourselves like the wheat and grapes; and trust. Abraham’s God will take care of the rest.

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