2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B


This Sunday, the theme of trust in the Lord is what links all the readings. As we continue our Lenten journey, we are reminded of the extent of the Lord’s love and generosity – if we but listen to his voice and place our trust in him.

In the first reading, we see the depth of Abraham’s trust in God when asked to sacrifice his beloved son. Abraham’s faithfulness is rewarded with more blessings than he could ever have imagined. In the second reading, echoing the story of Abraham and Isaac, St. Paul challenges us to recall the immensity of God’s love for the world in giving up his Son. With Jesus standing at the right hand of God pleading for us, we can have confidence in placing all our trust in him.

In the Gospel, Jesus asks Peter, James, and John to trust him and not speak of the wonder of what they have witnessed on the mountaintop. In today’s psalm, the Psalmist gives thanks and praise to the Lord who has freed him, reminding us that he trusted God even when sorely afflicted. Like him, we can rejoice as we walk in the presence of the Lord.

This week, let us pray for the grace to trust and to listen ever more closely to the voice of the Lord so that we, too, might walk in his presence.

Joy and Peace.