Second Sunday of Lent, Year A, 12th March 2017

‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

This week’s readings are an oasis of hope and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey. We see Jesus, the beloved Son, gloriously transfigured in his Father’s presence – a glimpse of all that is to come.

In the first reading faithful Abram obeys God’s command to leave his homeland and step out into the unknown. He trusts in the promise that God will achieve great blessings through him.

The psalm is a lovely song of trust. God is faithful to all who revere him; he is our help and shield as we wait and hope in his love.

The second reading encourages us to bear our ‘hardships’ courageously, trusting in the Good News. We are part of a bigger plan, saved by grace through Jesus, who has overcome death.

In the Gospel the disciples are full of both wonder and fear as they see Jesus, their familiar friend, radiantly transfigured, and realise he truly is the Son of God. After this glimpse of divine glory, they must descend the mountain and walk on with Jesus towards the cross – but now with new encouragement, as Jesus touches them reassuringly and tells them that he will rise again.

This week I might pray for an even deeper relationship with the One who is truly man and truly God, and the courage to listen for his voice in all that I do.