Second Sunday of Lent
The second Sunday of Lent places before us the manifold blessings in store for those who dare to follow the path shown by the Lord.
The first reading of the day exhibits the blessings and curses that would flow to millions and millions through an ordinary person – Abram.But, a condition is placed: to leave what has been familiar, comfortable and secure and to travel to the newly shown land. In his obedience the history of salvation takes a turn. It, in fact, demanded a lot from Abram, yet, the ‘yes’ he said ensured greater glory.
What is expected of us, Christians, is also expressed from the life of this personality: to leave behind what has been familiar, comfortable and secure for the sake of the Lord and to follow His path. Where do we find the path? Do we know the path? No worry. The path has been offered. It is crystal clear. It is involved in the simple attempt to follow His commandments, summarized in a single word: love. This process will enable us to say along with St. Paul, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ” (Phil 3:7). This attempt of ours is not in vain. We are strengthened by Him who called. Again, to say with St. Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13). It is not so much that we were meritorious that God chose us but on His generosity and His own initiative (as the second reading tells us). Let us try to be faithful to His initiative by our simple obedience and humble loyalty to the Word.
The result is the glorification of ours to be experienced in the life to come the foretaste of which is experienced and witnessed by Peter, James and John during the transfiguration of the Lord. We are running a race to reach that glory. Let that image remain in our hearts at all times that our journey here on earth would become meaningful causing a real inner transformation to follow our Master.