Second Sunday of Lent

To See the King – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Lent

To See the King – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Lent

What does God expect of those of us who have recognized Jesus? I am always amazed at how simply Scripture puts it. Nothing elaborate, nothing esoteric, nothing complex. From the lips of Mary at the wedding at Cana of Galilee it is “Do whatever he tells you”. From Jesus’ own lips it is simply “Follow me!” From the cloud at the Transfiguration God says simply “Listen to him!” What is asked is a simple thing – that we listen, trust, and obey. Of course “simple” does not mean “easy”. Nevertheless, it is the call, to follow wherever he leads.

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No Greater Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Lent

No Greater Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Lent

The passage begins, “Jesus, having loved his own…he loved them to the end.”(John 13, emphasis mine) Then it describes his taking a basin and towel and washing his disciples’ feet. Only a few moments later he took bread and broke it saying “This is my body given for you”.

The bread and wine, the Cross all plead , “There is nothing so great I would not sacrifice for you.” The basin and towel plead, “There is nothing so small or menial that it is beneath my care for you.”

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To See God – First Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday of Lent

To See God – First Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday of Lent

But perhaps the most stunning moment of all comes at the very end when the author tells us, “So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord will provide; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” …Notice the repetition of the same verbs from before; it is not coincidental. To the contrary, it reveals one of the most fundamental truths of our faith: not only that God sees us—our lives, our plights—but also that, when we trust in that seeing (and its inextricable tie with His provision), and then live according to that trust we actually come to see God. Our trust, our obedience are the very means by which we are able to experience God’s faithfulness.

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