Vol: 46, No.20 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 17 2019  
Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me. (Ps 26:8-9)
On this second Sunday of Lent we meditate on the transfiguration of the Lord Jesus. It is natural for us to reveal to our closest friends or to a close relative something that is going on in our minds for a long time but hitherto unknown. The disciples whom Jesus chose have seen the wonderful teaching that Jesus carries out from time to time. They have also witnessed the miraculous power that is at work in him and the almost impossible healings that he has carried out. They are still wondering who this person is although at the behest of Jesus they have left everything and followed him. Jesus has almost completed his ministry in Galilee and is about to start the journey to Jerusalem, the city of his destiny. So he chooses to reveal to three of his chosen disciples his real status as the Son of God. It is a wonderful experience for the disciples and they are wonderstruck so much so that for a time they did not tell anyone what they had witnessed. What is that precious thing that we carry within us? What spiritual insight have we gained by our following of the Lord Jesus? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels

and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(God promises to Abraham descendants and inheritance. The promise is ratified with a covenant).
A reading from the Book of Genesis (15:5-12, 17-18)
The Lord brought Abram outside and said, “Look towards heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.
And he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he brought him all these, cut them in two, and laid each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
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