Second Sunday of Lent – March 1st

Thoughts from our Pastor

(Gn 22:1-2, 9a 10-13, 15-18; Rom 8:31b-34—Mk 9:2-10)

In today’s readings it would be fair to overlay the messages, contained within, with the word “CHANGE”. Abraham is told to change his plan … a few times… by the  God who calls him. In Romans, the early Christian Community is asked to change their way of imaging themselves as God’s people. And in Mark, the literal change in Christ’s appearance while with Peter, James and John is known to us today as the “Transfiguration”. “Change” and the ability to bring it about is certainly a key focus of the readings today.

We who are into the 2nd week of Lent, can rightly ask ourselves “What” “change” (or “changes”) would I personally like to realize to bring myself into more conformity with God’s Law of Love. What might that be? How do we plan on accomplishing this (these) change(s)?

Lent affords us a special opportunity to be more attentive to God’s calling to us via “Prayers, Fasting, Alms Giving”. We can dispose ourselves to not only hear God but also respond to that call.

For you and I on this 2nd Sunday of Lent… is there a little more prayers? … a little more fasting? … a little more almsgiving these days of Lent? If not, now is a good time to pray for the grace to CHANGE and to better immerse ourselves in this holy season. Others, as well as ourselves, will benefit.

Father Shields


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