Written on: March 8, 2022
March 13, 2022
First Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm: 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17—4:1
Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36
Written by: Maureen Quigley, GNSH
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
Transformation, sacrifice, trust, and change are apparent in the first reading from Genesis for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Abraham had to offer a great deal of trust (and when his wife heard about all the descendants, what did she think, as she was childless?) But his trusting is not without question. So he asked for proof as a reward for his trust. “O Lord God, he asked, how am I to know that I shall possess the land?” He needed more proof that his trust was warranted.
So he saw a great pot of fire and animals cut up and put in the fire. “It was on that occasion that the Lord made a covenant with Abraham.” We should note that this sign was something he could appreciate. Covenants like the one God arranged with Abraham were strong, unbreakable. Abraham could definitely trust God’s promise.
Jesus tells us through Paul that he will transform us – change our body to conform to his. In the gospel, the apostles witness the transfiguration of Jesus. These changes, and many other wonders, occurred in scripture and occur in us. Most of the time, this is not apparent to us. When we feel God’s presence, it is momentary; yet there is transformation. When we pray for something, often it has already happened and we are not aware right away. Abraham certainly did not understand that he would indeed have descendants like stars in the sky.
I once had a student who asked why I didn’t like her. I fibbed and said I did. I prayed about this. Then I started to pretend I did like her. And shortly thereafter, I discovered I did. I noticed the other students changed toward her, too. God had answered my prayer and changed me before I even realized it.
So, like Abraham, let us trust with question. Our wanting to trust may transform into faith and perhaps we, too, will begin to count the stars in our lives. Let us follow the light from darkness into salvation. Let us be faithful in the face of difficulty.
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5 thoughts on “Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent- 2022”
Sister Eileen, Lovely thoughts in your reflection. Your old friend jeri (remember our good times at D’youville Manor with Debbie) wishes you well’
Thank you for your comforting and thoughtful reflection.
How very often I feel abandoned and alone your feelings made me feel that , in order to trust in the Lord I must be patient and also realize that being consistent in prayer is the answer to feeling alone. thank you for your insight, Mimi gnsha
I sometimes think God is not aware of what I wish for – be it a granddaughter’s college aims, husband’s health, etc. but I will continue to pray and trust in Him. Thank you for your insight.
Your reflection was beautiful. I love the way you express yourself about such important things. Also, I like the way you grounded the thoughts in practical terms and examples. You are a woman of words because you think deeply and have something to say. Thank you for sharing this with us.