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The 2nd Sunday of Lent- Fr. Michael Kim 

Twelve days having passed since we entered the Lenten Season, it is now a good time to review how our living faith and perseverance is leading us towards our eternal glory. Today's readings from the Holy Scriptures serve that specific purpose in our lives.

The First Reading from the Book of Genesis tells us that God tested Abraham. In other words, God tested his living faith. God wanted to see just how faithful Abraham would be in obedience. God wanted to test him, asking him to make the most difficult sacrifice a human being can make. He asked him to take his son, Isaac, and offer him up in sacrifice.

Genesis tells us that "Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac." When Abraham came to the place that God had shown him, he built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

The action of Abraham echoes perfect obedience to God. It echoes that living faith without actions is dead. True faith is living faith that shines in actions.

However, this deed could appear, to a great number of people to be nothing less than an aberration: to sacrifice a son that is loved so much.

To us, sometimes, the Lord askes the same thing that he asked Abraham, that we do something that can appear to us to be very difficult. The majority of times, what he wants to do is test our reaction to see how we respond. We know that God allows us to choose between right and wrong, between obeying and disobeying. The end of the first reading shows us the great gratitude of God when we do something for Him.

As like, our living faith is leading us to our eternal glory. In today’s Gospel, Saint Mark explains to us what happened when Jesus climbed the mount with Peter, James, and John. The three of Jesus’ disciples witnessed a spectacular event that suddenly Jesus was completely changed and his clothes began to glow. White clothing is an image of glory. Jesus showed them His true glory, so that Peter said, “It is good that we are here.”

We call this spectacular event as transfiguration. It means a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.

Peter and the other disciples were privileged to witness the Transfiguration so that they would later understand the meaning of Jesus’ passion, death, and Resurrection. 

Jesus showed them this event so that they could experience briefly the happiness reserved in Heaven for those who follow God faithfully. It could also have been to reaffirm them in the faith about the suffering and death that Jesus would suffer. Maybe Jesus wanted to ease the sadness and worry that they felt. Maybe Jesus wanted his disciples to be encouraged by the transfiguration. 

Today, on the Second Sunday of Lent, in the Transfiguration, we glimpse the glory of Jesus’ Resurrection, which we celebrate at Easter. Absolutely it is not easy to preserve our living faith in everyday life.

But in the second reading, Saint Paul says that God is always with us. This should be of great consolation for us, knowing that when we have problems, when difficulties overcome us, God is near to help us. It consoles us to know that Christ, who came to save us and who is seated at the right hand of the Father, promised that whenever we ask for something in His name, He will intercede for us.

As I told you in the beginning, twelve days have passed since we entered the Lenten Season. It is not late to review how our living faith is leading us towards our eternal glory.

So during Lent, we take time to seek greater appreciation for the mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection by learning more about him. And during Lent we seek to change our lives for the better, looking for ways in which we can be more faithful to Jesus.

We want to recommit ourselves to the good things in our lives, for example, prayer and service to others. As we continue to celebrate this Holy Mass, let us think about it: What are some things we can do this Lent to learn more about Jesus and to preserve our living faith?


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