Readings: Gen 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 | Ps. 116:10, 15- 19 | Rom. 8:31b-34 | Mk. 9:2-10
All of the readings today call us to recognize God’s love for us. God seems to test Abraham and asks him to sacrifice his son. When God sees that Abraham’s love of God comes before anything and anyone, God saves Isaac because God loves him and will not allow harm to come to him. In Romans, Paul reminds us that God did sacrifice His Son, Jesus, and allowed Him to endure suffering and death to bring us to salvation. Jesus is transfigured before the apostles so that they will have all the strength and courage they need at the time of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. At the same time, God tells them, “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” God reminds us that Jesus is God’s Son and that Jesus came to teach us how to live and love.
Think of God’s love for you. This is the call of Lent. Come to recognize all that God has done for you and promises to do for you. Accept that love of God. Allow yourself to realize that God has gone to all lengths to prove His love for you and will go to all lengths to continue to love you. Spend time with God today in response to this love. “Listen to Him.”