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Second Sunday of Lent Sunday of Lent

1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18  
Responsorial: 116: 10, 15, 16-17, 18-19  
2nd Reading: Romans 8:31b-34 
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10

The inner circle of Apostles, Peter James and John went up the mountain with Jesus where Jesus was transfigured. Jesus's appearance changed to what He is, light – the Light of the world. What we are called to on this earth is not transfiguration but transformation.  We need to be changed from the inside, from our very depths. If we were transfigured now, it would be a horrible sight – we would see each other's blotches of sin and other forms of deformation. So again, we are called to transformation.

Abraham was put to the test. He was willing to sacrifice what God had promised him, his only son, Isaac. Because Abraham obeyed God, he was given a great blessing. 

Blessings come in many forms. Peter James and John were blessed with the vision of Jesus as light. It was to help them understand that Jesus is greater than both Moses and Elijah -two great figures in religious history. It underscored that Jesus is God and that he laid down his life – it was not taken from him. Blessings help us in this life to go forward in faith and obedience to God so that we can go to Heaven, a place of light.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

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