Thursday, March 5, 2009
Thursday of First Week of Lent & Preparing Sunday
The Gospel today is the Transfiguration of Jesus from Mark 9:2-10. As we have recently reflected on this scene, perhaps we could look instead at the other readings. The first reading is from Genesis 22 when God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son.
The second reading is from Paul's Letter to the Romans, 8: 31b-34. Paul asks, "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?"
He goes on to ask, "Who will bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died-or, rather, was raised-who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us."
That is a consoling reading. If God is for us, who can be against us? We have God on our side and we have Christ who intercedes for us. What more do we want?
The response for Psalm 116 is "I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living."
More on Sunday! Remember, please, that I am in retreat these days of Spring Break and keep me in your prayer.