Lectionary Reflections: Second Sunday of Lent [c] February 21, 2016

Engaging Faith | Tue, Feb 16, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Second Sunday of Lent [c]

February 21, 2016


Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18

Philippians 3:17- 4:1 or 3:20 – 4:1

Luke 9:28b -36



February 20: World Day of Social Justice (

February 26: International Stand Up to Bullying Day



God wants to live amidst his sons and daughters. Let us make space for him in our hearts.

-Pope Francis @Pontifex Feb 4, 2016

Listening to the cry of those who suffer violence and are oppressed by unjust systems and structures, and hearing the appeal of a world that by its perversity contradicts the plan of its Creator, we have shared our awareness of the Church's vocation to be present in the heart of the world by proclaiming the Good News to the poor, freedom to the oppressed, and joy to the afflicted.

-1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World

There is a need to respect the rights of peoples and cultures… 

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 144

Only the path of dialogue can ensure a better and safer future for all.

-Benedict XVI, 8 January 2007

Salvation comes to us through all women and men who love truth more than lies, who are more eager to give than to receive, and whose love is that supreme love that gives life rather than keeping it for oneself.

-Jon Sobrino, Spirituality of Liberation

Our speech about God “… gives rise to a different vision of community, one in which the last shall be first, the excluded shall be included, the mighty put down from their thrones and the humbled exalted – the words of Mary of Nazareth’s song of praise (Lk 1:52), creating conditions for the formation of community characterized by relationships of mutuality and reciprocity, of love and justice.”

-Elizabeth Johnson CSJ, She Who Is, 28

Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 91


Thoughts for Your Consideration

God makes big promises to Abram, soon to be called Abraham, and Abram understandably asks, "How am I to know that I shall possess it?"  We too might ask, “How will we know that God is with us as we journey on?  As we open our eyes to the problems of the world? As we engage the world’s problems? As we take the risk to see more clearly? As we take a stand for what is right?  As we speak up for justice? As we ask questions?”

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