Today’s “Blessed” https://www.franciscanmedia.org/blessed-sebastian-of-aparicio/
Genesis 22:1-2 , 9a-10 …18 – Ps. 116, – Romans 7:31b-34 – Mark 9:2 -10
“I heard the Lord call my name…”
Looking at the first reading for today’s liturgy you can see that liturgists from somewhere thought it important to cut out a few verses of this very dramatic story. Consequently an important connection between Abraham, our father in faith, and his son Isaac and God the Father and His beloved Son, Jesus loses some of it’s impact.
In verse 8 we could have read, that Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and loaded in on the back of son, Isaac as they went up the hill of Moriah. This is a clear pre-figuring of Jesus carrying His own cross up the hill of Calvary. Understanding this gives additional meaning between Abraham in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament.
The other important aspect of these readings for this 2nd Sunday of Lent is the aspect of “listening.” Abraham “heard” the Lord call to him and followed through with his response. In the Gospel account of the Transfiguration the voice of God thunders from the sky, “This is my beloved son, listen to Him. These are the same words that were heard when Jesus was baptized by John in the River Jordan. And similar words were uttered by the centurion at the Crucifixion, “in truth this man was a son of God.”
Today we are bombarded by so many words coming at us from every side that it’s hard for us to listen. But psychologists tell us that even while someone else is speaking to us we’re talking to ourselves in our head ten times faster! No wonder we never really hear what’s being said!
But if we really listen to today’s scriptures we should be able to comprehend that Jesus is pointing out to us what our life is all about: a transformation from life here in this world to life in Heaven. But this transformation only takes place after we have ascended our personal mount of Calvary. Jesus says to us, “unless you take up your cross and follow me you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Did you hear what He said? Were you listening? Amen!