Lectionary Reflections: Second Sunday of Lent [a] March 12, 2017

Engaging Faith | Fri, Mar 10, 2017

By John Bucki, S.J.

Second Sunday of Lent [a]

March 12, 2017


Genesis 12:1-4a

1 Timothy 1:8b-10

Matthew 17:1-9



March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins in most places in the United States

March 12: Purim (Jewish festival) begins the evening before

March 17: Feast of Saint Patrick

March 19: Feast of Saint Joseph

March 20: First Day of Spring in the northern hemisphere



The spiritual life depends on the Unseen. Each day try to see more good in people, more of the Unseen in the seen.

— Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Love of neighbor is an absolute demand for justice, because charity must manifest itself in actions and structures which respect human dignity, protect human rights, and facilitate human development. To promote justice is to transform structures which block love.

— 1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World

We are moved to free our hearts every day from the burden of material things, from a self-centered relationship with the “world” that impoverishes us and prevents us from being available and open to God and our neighbor.

— Pope Benedict XVI, Message for Lent 2011, 3

We call upon all people of goodwill, but Catholics especially, to welcome the newcomers in their neighborhoods and schools, in their places of work and worship, with heartfelt hospitality, openness, and eagerness both to help and to learn from our brothers and sisters, of whatever race, religion, ethnicity, or background.

— US Bishops, Unity in Diversity, November 2000, 17

God does not reveal himself cloaked in worldly power and wealth but rather in weakness and poverty.

— Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2014

Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.

— Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Essential to the life of a Christian is a pattern of reflection and action.  To be a Christian is to be engaged with the world and its beauty, challenges and diversity.  To be a Christian is to reflect on this world with its beauty, challenges and diversity. We are all action without reflection (prayer) we will not be seeing and appreciating.  If we try to separate ourselves from the world, our reflection (prayer) can become an empty thing and we will not see the truth.

In the gospel story of the transfiguration when they go up the mountain to pray the disciples see in a new way. They are called to bring that new way of seeing with them as they leave the mountain. Jesus urges them not to build tents and stay on the mountain. Jesus sends them forth with a new vision. 

In the midst of our complex contemporary world, the gospel invites us to be free enough to see things in a new way and from other viewpoints.  We are called to learn from diversity and others. This is especially important if we are to put the social teaching of the gospel into practice and not just get trapped by the viewpoint of our culture or a limited ideology. This is especially important if we are to see all people with love and understanding.

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