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Homily - Feb 25th, 2024

2nd.Sunday of Lent (Year B) (Feb. 25, 2024)


Gen 22:1-2, 9a,10-13,15-18; Rom 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10


“God always breaks into our world in a new way, and our lives will never be the

same!”


Today’s readings reveal a God of surprises, who acts in ways that his followers don’t

understand. And yet, they trust and follow, and their lives are transformed/changed

forever. In the 1st.reading, advanced in age, Abraham and his wife Sarah, were saddled

with barrenness. God intervened, thus promising them Isaac, to perpetuate their

generation. But soon after, God told Abraham, at age hundred to leave everything to an

unknown land. Add to that, God orders Abraham to sacrifice his only son he gave him.

How could God demand such sacrifice after giving such a gift? Yet Abraham is faithful,

climbs the mountain, prepares to do the unimaginable, until God reveals himself as a

demander, not of sacrifice, but of fidelity. This means, God always breaks into our world in

a new way, and our lives will never be the same! We only must stay vigilant, trust and obey!


Life Message: “Stay awake spiritually - Don't miss God's glory and action”: Luke's

Gospel account tells us that while Jesus was transfigured, Peter, James, and John were

asleep (Luke 9:32)! Upon awakening they discovered Jesus in glory along with Moses and

Elijah. How much do we miss of God's glory and action because we are asleep spiritually?

There are many things which can keep our minds asleep to the things of God: Mental

lethargy and the "unexamined life" can keep us from thinking things through and

facing our doubts and questions in the light of Christ's truth. The life of ease can also

hinder us from considering the challenging or disturbing demands of Christ to forsake all

for him and his kingdom. Prejudice can make us blind to something new the Lord may

have for us. Even sorrow can be a block until we can see past it to the glory of God.


Conclusion: How spiritually awake are you to Christ's presence and word of life for

you? Peter, James, and John were privileged witnesses of the glory of Christ. We, too, as

disciples of Christ are called to be witnesses of his glory. How? We, therefore, need

transformation in our Christian lives so that we may seek reconciliation instead of

revenge, love our enemies, pray for those who hate us, give to the needy without expecting

a reward, refuse to judge others and make friends with those we don’t naturally like. This

transformation will also enable us to hold back on harsh words and let love rule so that we

may seek reconciliation rather than revenge, pray for those who give us a hard time, avoid

bad-mouthing those we don’t agree with, forgive those who hurt us, and love those who

hate us. Remember, God always breaks into our world in a new way, and our lives will

never be the same! We only must stay vigilant, trust and obey!

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