2nd Sunday Lent C


A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer

Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit

from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End

 Unknown Illustrator of Petrus Comestor's 'Bible Historiale:’ Abram’s Vision, France, 1372

 

Second Sunday of Lent C: The Lord Made a Covenant with Abram

 

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17--4:1 or 3:20--4:1
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

 

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram (NRSV, Gen 15:18a).

 

Let us pray.

 

Father, you speak your one Word to all of us at the depth of our being at every moment.  Caught up in the distractions and sinfulness of the workaday world, how little it is that we listen.  And then when we do, how little it is that we understand.  So often we conclude that it is the first time that you speak or that it is some special occasion that prompts you.  Or that the message is just for us and maybe for our descendants but not for the others.  And, of course, because of our situation as creatures and the misunderstanding and sinfulness in which we live, the message when heard is only heard in part or even radically misunderstood.

 

Father, Abraham was a great man of faith. He left everything for you and trusted in you without condition.  He was the first, in our memory, to recognize you as God for us, calling us to a future.  But the best that Abraham could conceive as your gift was the Land and it was to be given to his blood descendants.

 

Father, your gift, offered at every moment as you speak your one Word to us all, is not the Land but a share in your own divine life in which we are called to grow constantly, always leaving, not our place of birth, but what we have become up until that moment to become something more.  And the gift is given, yes, to Abraham’s descendants, but not according to blood but according to Abraham’s faith, his trust and acceptance of you.  Your gift of ever growing in your life is offered to all.

 

Father, during this sacred season of Lent, as we go out into the desert with Jesus to fast and to pray, may we recognize more fully the true destiny to which you call us and grow constantly in your life that you offer to all.

 

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

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