Scripture Reflections for the Second Sunday of Lent

Year B, Lectionary 26

God made the greatest sacrifice up in Mount Calvary. In going up the mountain with Jesus we are meant to let go of whatever we're holding on to that isn't God, things we value such things or people, because they may be holding us down. But when we do reach the top with Jesus we can then experience the glory of God, the revelation of a communion of persons, and hopefully be empowered by it as we continue back down to our life's journey.

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Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18

“God gives us the gift but it's God's and God ultimately is going to ask us to give it all back to him again”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "ABRAHAM AND ISAAC" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 27, 2021

“what God is doing here is he needs a man who trusts him so much that he will pre-enact the crucifixion two thousand years before it happens, that's the reason, that's the deeper reason for this test of Abraham”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus and Isaac: Two Beloved Sons, One Sacred Mountain" | Brant Pitre | February 22, 2021
Psalm 116:10, 15-19
Romans 8:31-34

“In the Ascension what Jesus does is he takes the sacrifice that was performed out of charity, out of love in time on Calvary and he brings that offering of himself that takes place on Good Friday in time and space, he brings it into eternity”

Catholic Productions | "The Ascension and the Eucharistic Sacrifice" | Brant Pitre | February 24, 2021
Mark 9:2-10

“And both Moses and Elijah have something to teach us about listening. God spoke to each of them on a mountain but the way in which God spoke to each of them was different.”

"Listen to him" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | February 18, 2024

“As we see Jesus glorified here today it prepares us for when we go through our own difficult moments. It helps us as we go through our own personal peaks and valleys in life.”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Fr. Maurice J. Nutt | February 21, 2024
Overall Readings

“I am grateful that God found and continues to find ways to break through the noise of life and surprise me. You don't need to be good, you just have to try your best to be receptive to recognize that God might be trying to reach out to you right where you are.”

Catholic Women Preach | Vickey McBride | February 28, 2021

“That's the message for us that our God is a God that holds on to us no matter what, when it evades our mind, our logic, our preference, our God still holds on”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | February 28, 2021

“Make sure you don't lose God, no matter what you lose in this life, make sure God is still intact in your life for that is all that matters. For if God is still part of your story it doesn't matter what is going on he knows how to turn things around.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | February 19, 2024

“if God is for God's own, if God is with those whom God has created in the divine image and likeness, who can be against us? We can be against us. We can be against ourselves. We can work against our own best interest. We can thwart the grace of God”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | February 28, 2021

“if God is good in the good times then that same God is still God during the bad times”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 28, 2021

“God is calling Abraham to a holy indifference in his relationship with God and the way he lives out his faith. This isn't an indifference that's careless or detached from reality but a recognition that all truly does belong to God, even one's hopes and deepest desire.”

Catholic Women Preach | Salena Ibrahim | February 25, 2024

“in the midst of all the afflictions we may be experiencing and the changes and the chances of this life, God is saying to us 'be still and know that I am God'”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | February 25, 2021

“with Jesus are we only able to understand what we are going through as we get older, as we journey through life and to trust that even though we don’t know what any of this means, it does mean something”

Bellarmine Chapel | Fr. Damian Torres-Botello, SJ | February 25, 2024

“So simple question for today, Church, is God for you?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | February 25, 2024

“It is so important, people of God, for us to be able to have places where we can escape, hear God in a clearer place, in a clearer way”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | February 25, 2024

“Sometimes you think you know exactly what the plan is, that God made a promise to you years ago and finally you’re starting to see it come to fruition and then God blows it up”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "A sweet and salty sandwich" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 25, 2024

“When we look back we realize that all of us have had parents that had to sacrifice something for us to achieve greatness”

Fr. Tony Ricard | February 25, 2024

“Church, don’t get so stuck in your particular circumstance that you forget your destination”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 25, 2024