Third Sunday of Lent

If God is for us, who can be against us? Lent is a time to recognize that God is for us, always and everywhere. God is for us, not matter how much a situation may seem to be against us. God is always for us.


The first reading for today, from the Book of Genesis, is a real challenge. Too often we read stories like this one today and do not stop to think of the anguish of Abraham or of the absolute terror of Isaac. These stories speak about terrible human situations and the necessity of finding God in such happenings. They speak of the promptings of God in our lives and how we must listen attentively to Him.

In today’s gospel reading, Peter, James and John are taken up a high mountain by Jesus, and there they have an experience of Jesus which took their breath away. It was an experience that was so precious that Peter could not let it go. He wanted to prolong it indefinitely and so he says to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is wonderful for us to be here, so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah’. He and the other two disciples had a fleeting glimpse of the heavenly beauty of Christ and did not want to let go of it. Beauty always attracts; it calls out to us. Yet, Peter and the others had to let go of this precious experience; it was only ever intended to be momentary. They would receive it back in the next life as a gift. For now, their task was to listen to Jesus,


The penance of Lent is to help us open our ears. The penance of Lent has nothing to do with punishing us, nor with tell us that we are no good. It was to do with our desire to have ears that can hear God, eyes that can see God and hearts that can love God.


So, as we begin this Second Week of Lent, let us walk with joy even as we continue with penance! Let us recognize that we want our lives to be changed so that all that we live and hope and are may be the gift of God who loves us.


Fr. Albert