Listen to Him
Reflections on the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent (February 25, 2018): GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18; PS 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19; ROM 8:31B-34; MK 9:2-10
MISSIO offers “Preaching Mission,” as a homily help, providing connections to mission from the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.
In today’s Gospel Christ reveals Himself in all His Divinity to His closest Apostles. As we get deeper into Lent, we need to appreciate that Jesus was never simply a good and wise man who preached that people should love one another. He is the Son of God come to save us from the consequences of sin and death. During the Transfiguration, Peter, John and James saw Him in glory, joined by Moses and Elijah who represented the law and the prophets. “Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, ‘This is My beloved son. Listen to Him.’ Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them” (Mark 9:7-8). Listen to Him. That is what each of us is called to do every day that God gives us.
Before Jesus suffered and died He taught love and mercy through His every word and deed. He is our model of goodness and holiness, peace and justice. It is up to us to hear Christ’s message of hope and share it with others, especially those in need. Either we believe that He is our Lord and our God – or we do not. Either we make an effort to follow His way – or we do not.