Second Sunday in Lent 2022

As we continue our Lenten journey, we continue to follow Jesus on His way to Calvary and the Cross. Through this great act of sacrifice and love, Jesus transforms the world. He transforms humanity. Jesus restores all of humanity to a state of grace that was lost. Jesus offered Himself in restitution for all sins that ever were, are now, and ever will be. Through the Cross, Jesus brings us back into fully reconciled relationship with God the Father.

In our first reading, we hear about the identity of Abraham. Abraham’s identity as the “father of many descendants” is being revealed. This changed how Abraham thought of himself. In his old age Abraham thought himself incapable of having any children. God reveals to Abraham that he will be the father of a great nation. It is Abraham‘s relationship with God that changes who Abraham is. Through the plan of God, Abraham brings forth life.

In our Gospel we have the eyewitness account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. In that moment Jesus reveals His divine identity to Peter, James, and John.

Lent is a time when our true identity is called forth. Because of our relationship with God, we are called to be transformed. We are called to live in the image and likeness of God. We live in His grace. We follow the example of Jesus and live in His Spirit. This transforms who we are and then transforms the world by what we say and what we do.

Lent is a time of change. It is no accident that it is at a time of the year related to our seasons. As life comes forth in nature, so too our spiritual life must emerge – full of life.

The question we ask ourselves today is one of self growth. Where are we in our process of transforming, growing, becoming each day like God? Lent is our personal exodus, moving from being slaves to our desires to living as children of God. Each day we should have as our goal to be the ones who present Christ to the world in our word and deed. In our second reading, St. Paul reminds us that we are citizens of heaven. Do we live as citizens of heaven while here on earth? How much of God’s Spirit is part of us? Do we then share that Spirit with others? We share the spirit of kindness, gentleness, humility, self-control, charity, patience. These are the things that help us to be like our God. How much more growth do we need in these aspects and Godlike traits?

This Sunday and this lent let us resolve evermore to live in God’s spirit. We will pray that God changes us – so that we can change the world.

First Reading
Gn 15:5-12, 17-18

God made a covenant with Abraham, his faithful servant.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The Lord God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
   who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

He then said to him,
   “I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
   to give you this land as a possession.”
“O Lord GOD,” he asked,
   “how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
He answered him,
   “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
   a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
   and placed each half opposite the other;
   but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
   but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
   and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

When the sun had set and it was dark,
   there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
   which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
   saying: “To your descendants I give this land,
   from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14

R. :

℟. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
   whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
   of whom should I be afraid?

℟. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
   have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.

℟. The Lord is my light and my salvation. 

Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
   Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
   You are my helper: cast me not off.

℟. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
   in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
   be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

℟. The Lord is my light and my salvation.


Second Reading
Phil 3:17-4:1 or 3:20-4:1

Christ will change our lowly body to conform with his glorious body.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters,
   and observe those who thus conduct themselves
   according to the model you have in us.
For many, as I have often told you
   and now tell you even in tears,
   conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction.
Their God is their stomach;
   their glory is in their “shame.”
Their minds are occupied with earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven,
   and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
   to conform with his glorified body
   by the power that enables him also
   to bring all things into subjection to himself.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
   whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
   in this way stand firm in the Lord.

Or: [Shorter Form]

Brothers and sisters:
Our citizenship is in heaven,
   and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
   to conform with his glorified body
   by the power that enables him also
   to bring all things into subjection to himself.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
   whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
   in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved.


Acclamation before the Gospel
Cf Mt 17:5

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.


Gospel
Lk 9:28b-36

While he was praying, his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.

✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
   and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
   and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
   who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
   that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
   but becoming fully awake,
   they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
   “Master, it is good that we are here;
   let us make three tents,
   one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
   a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
   and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
   “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
   tell anyone what they had seen.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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