Vol: 45, No.17 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT ( B) February 25 2018  
Lord, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM 116)
Response: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
I trusted, even when I said: “I am sorely afflicted.” O precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful. R./
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I; you have loosened my bonds. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make: I will call on the Lord’s name. R./
My vows to the Lord I will fulfil before all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. R./
(Paul argues that if God goes so far as to let his only Son to suffer and die on the cross for our sake, then God will also give all necessary things for our life through his Son).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:31b-34)
Brethren: If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?
The Word of the Lord
From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him”. (Mt 17:5)
(At the transfiguration Jesus appears to his disciples in heavenly glory. The disciples see Moses and Elijah in the vision and hear the voice of the heavenly Father calling Jesus as his beloved Son).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Mark (9:2-10)
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them, and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly looking around they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/the Father almighty,/ Creator of heaven and earth,/and in Jesus Christ,/his only Son,/our Lord,/who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,/born of the
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