HOMILY | SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR B.
First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Second Reading: Romans 8:31-34
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
Nothing of real value comes to us without real sacrifice! Those things that do come to us without real sacrifice we rarely appreciate or we are indifferent to. Biblical faith is one that recognizes a priority of sacrifice and the willingness to give rather than to get. This is exactly what our readings of today elucidate.
Explanation of the text
In our first reading, we hear how God puts Abraham to the test by ordering him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Strangely enough in an uncomplaining manner, Abraham carried out this instruction. The obedience of Abraham and the near-sacrifice of Isaac at the commandment of God wrought for him, blessings. By that singular act, Abraham became the father of all nations, through whom all are blessed. Indeed the near sacrifice of the promised son prefigured the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today’s gospel from Mark presents the scene of the transfiguration of Jesus. He manifests his glory to three of his disciples. The transfiguration reflects the divinity of Jesus. It is simply a glimpse of the gift and glory of God. Today, Christ reveals his future Glory. However, to attain the fullness of this glory, He must first pay the ultimate prize of sacrifice by suffering and being crucified.
The life of a Christian is a life of sacrifice. Any faith worth its salt understands the imperative for sacrifice. A sacrificial character is a must for those who approach the presence of God. Sacrifice is often about prioritization and discipline since we don’t always have space or time in our lives to accommodate all the things we would like. It seems to ring true that at times, you’ve got to lose some to gain some.
Our second reading is very encouraging because it is full of hope. This is especially, during this season of Lent where we are called to do a lot of sacrifices. Paul offers us three assurances: “There is no opposition; there is no condemnation, and there is no separation.” This is because: “God graciously gave His Son for us.” So, like Abraham, God was not selfish. Rather, He willingly gave up His Son for our sake: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (Jn 3:16).
This means that God is ready to do anything good to save us. All that we need to do is to continue to listen to Christ attentively. God is ready to make sure that we get to our destination this season because Christ is with us on our journey as we continually offer sacrifices.