2nd Sunday of Lent Year C

Published on 11 Mar 2019
Illuminated manuscript showing Jesus surrounded by light with Moses and Elijah

‘This is my Son. Listen to him!’

O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son,

be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word,

that, with spiritual sight made pure,

we may rejoice to behold your glory.

We continue our Lenten journey this week, deepening our faith as we ponder Abraham’s example and enter into the revelation contained in the Transfiguration of Jesus.

The First Reading tells us of the Covenant God made with Abram. Abram had no son, but he put his faith in God and trusted that his descendants would dwell in the land given to him.

The Psalm is a confident prayer that the Lord will lead the psalmist, whose prayer will be heard and answered. He has no fear, but seeks the Lord and hopes in him. It is also a prayer for Christ as he turns his face to Jerusalem.

The passage from St Paul in the Second Reading links all these themes: of homeland, of being glorified in Christ, and of trusting in him and remaining faithful.

On this Second Sunday, we always have an account of the Transfiguration in the Gospel. The disciples had a physical journey and a time of prayer before encountering this mystery. Seeing Jesus transfigured, in the presence of Moses and Elijah, and hearing the voice from heaven, all struck them forcibly, even if they only understood in hindsight.

Perhaps this week we can ponder the possibility, by the power of Christ, of transformation in our own lives this Lent.

Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified.      First Reading

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face.      Psalm

The Lord will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body.     Second Reading

This is my Son, the Chosen one. Listen to him.      Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Genesis 15: 5–12. 17–18; Psalm 26 (27); Philippians 3:17–4:1; Luke 9: 28–36