Second Sunday of Lent - Scripture Discussion
First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Second Reading: Romans 8:31b-34
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
Genesis 22:12 - Do not lay your hand on the boy!
Sometimes we have a revelation, an insight, or a religious experience that points us toward or away from a certain direction. There are valleys and mountains in our lives where we see God's presence. For most of us, these experiences occur in the ordinary events of our lives.
There are people who affirm and challenge us as we walk toward the light. We, too, direct others toward the light by our words, our deeds, and our example. Check your behavior this Lenten season to see that your steps are directed toward the light and the voice to which you listen is truly that of Jesus Christ.
1. Why is Abraham's obedience so significant? How would you have responded? What difference do you think that event would have made in your life?
2. What can you gather about the glory that awaits us from today's readings describing the Transfiguration?
3. Why do you think the Transfiguration follows Jesus' description of true discipleship? In light of your response, why do you think God commands us to listen to Jesus rather than trust what we see?
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