Reflection for the Second Sunday in Lent, by S. Jean Marie Cleveland, OSF

2ndweekReflection for February 24, 2013
Second Sunday in Lent
First Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm: 27:1, 7-9, 13-14
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17- 4:1
Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36

In reading these passages, I am struck by the number of lines which apply to our lives.

“Look up at the sky and count the stars if you can.” How many times have we gone outside late at night and gazed up at the sky! How many millions of stars there are! How many fireflies light up the night! How great is God who created all this for us!  God promised Abram, “To your descendants I give this land.”  What a great gift we have in our world!

But Paul tells us, “Our citizenship is in heaven. God will change our lowly bodies to conform with His glorified body.”  Not only do we have the world to enjoy, but we have the promise of heaven if we follow Him.

As Peter and his companions were, we “have been overcome by sleep.”  We have this Lenten season to look at our lives and to the voice the apostles heard coming from heaven, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.”  How will we respond?

Let us pray that we remain open to Jesus and His message this Lenten season.

S. Jean Marie Cleveland, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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