2nd Sunday of Lent (C)
Bishop Barron Sunday Podcast
Fr. Andrew Ricci
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON (15:16) – Friends, all three of our readings for the Second Sunday of Lent emphasize the transcendent world, the goal of all our religious striving. St. Paul speaks of how the Lord Jesus “will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body.” We get a glimpse of what this transformation, this metamorphosis, will be like in the Transfiguration of Jesus.
Podcasts from the Word on Fire archives (2000-present) which pertain to this Sunday’s readings.
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The readings for this second Sunday of Lent awaken a sense of wonder, of a world beyond ours, a mystical consciousness. In the first reading with Abraham and in the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, we encounter mountains, darkness, voices, and dazzling light, all of which signal the breakthrough of a higher world.
There are moments in life when we sense that there is something more real, important and enduring than anything we normally experience. The story of the Transfiguration is a moment when The More breaks through. In these moments we feel God’s presence strongly, and we must be awake when these breakthroughs happen.
The startling event of the Transfiguration displays a model of prayer. The mountain represents the place of Divine encounter, the radiance of the Lord displays the interior life of the soul in relationship to the Divine life, the conversation with the prophets is a symbol of the communion of saints. All this culminates is a sending forth in mission.
Abraham was chosen by God as the founder of a people who would be the means by which God would save the world. His great mark is faith, that is to say, trust. Faith is what Adam and Eve couldn’t muster (they grasped at godliness) and from this followed the agony of the world. God commenced a rescue operation by setting Abraham in quest of a promised land.
We have a God of adventure, a God who is always out ahead of us. Faith, in the Biblical sense of the term, is not primarily the acquiesence to propositions; rather, it is an attitude of trust in the God who calls us beyond ourselves. We witness this faith in Abraham’s willingness to follow where God leads, and we see it too in the disciples’ willingness to follow Jesus on the path toward the cross. Do we settle for what we know and control, or do we venture into the darkness, trusting in what God promises? This is the great question that our readings for the second Sunday of Lent propose to us.
Catholic Daily Reflections
Fr. Andrew Ricci
Priest of Diocese of Superior, WI; Rector of Christ the King Cathedral, Pastor of St. Anthony Church in Superior, WI; St. Anthony in Lake Nebagamon, WI; and St. William in Foxboro, WI.
Fr. JD Matherne
Pastor of St. Hilary in Mathews in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux | Diocesan Vocations Director
Fr. Cory Sticha
Priest of Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, MT; Pastor of Sacred Heart in Cascade and St. Ann’s in Fort Shaw | RSS
Priest at St. Sebastian Church in Akron, Ohio