Second Sunday of Lent
March 17, 2019
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
— Psalm 27:1
Dear Parish Family,
“Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying His face changed in appearance…” (Luke 9:28)
One characteristic of the gospel of Luke is that it is a gospel of prayer. Luke shows Jesus at prayer at all the great moments of His life. Besides the scene in today’s gospel when Luke describes how Jesus was at prayer before He was transfigured, Luke tells us that Jesus was at prayer before His baptism, before His first encounter with the Jewish leaders, before He chose the twelve apostles, before His first prediction of His own death, and while He was crucified.
Others have also described the importance of prayer in their lives.
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.” (Abraham Lincoln)
“Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one bothered to ask.” (Rev. Billy Graham)
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
(Dr. Martin Luther King)
As we strive to give more time to God in prayer this Lent, please make time to join us in our parish mission with Sister Wendy Cotter this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There is more information in today’s bulletin. A few years ago, I had the privilege of listening to her during the Summer Biblical Institute at Mundelein. She is a very dynamic speaker and I know that you will not be disappointed.
In the Word,
First Reading — The Lord made a covenant with Abram (Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18)
Psalm — The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27).
Second Reading — Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:17 — 4:1 [3:20 — 4:1]).
Gospel — Atop a mountain, Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John (Luke 9:28b-36).
Readings for the Week
Mon: Dn 9:4b-10; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Lk 6:36-38
Tues: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Wed: Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31:5-6, 14-16; Mt 20:17-28
Thurs: Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 16:19-31
Fri: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a; 17b-28a; Ps 105:16-21; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Sat: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Sun: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-4, 6-8, 11; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9
Alternate readings (Year A): Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42 [5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42]