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Homily for the 2nd Sunday of lent, year A

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A.
READINGS
Genesis 12:1-4

2 Timothy 1:8-10

Matthew 17:1-9
THEME: TRANSFIGURATION: A  JOY THAT SUSTAINS HOPE
Beloved in Christ, the church today invites us to reflect on the transfiguration of the Lord. The event motivates us to embrace the present Lenten discipline with the joy of Easter as our hope. For the sake of the Easter joy we gladly embrace the pain and self denial of lent.
Beloved, the journey to the mountain is an expression of the human desire for God and an assurance that God is aware of our faith as well as the struggle we go through to come to faith. We cannot celebrate the glory of the Lord until we share in his passion and death.
We are to hold on to faith even in suffering because God will never forget or abandon us. Therefore when we are tempted to despair about the meaning of life; we are to look beyond the pain of the present moment and remember those times we had glimpses of God – look beyond the pain of life and see the presence of God in our world.
My dear friend, Christ revealed to the apostles the glory that would  be theirs in the future should they remain faithful. He encourages us to be strong and courageous in our journey this lent. 
Beloved, we are called to listen and to obey just like Abraham. And not to think of building tents like Peter. But unfortunately, we readily want to claim Abraham’s blessings and glory without embracing the necessary conditions for claiming this blessing. 
We cannot claim Abraham’s blessings without embracing the life of Abraham – a leaving behind of our comfort zone. Abraham was told to leave his source of security, protection and safety and go to a land he did not know but in obedience he accepted it.
Today, we are being encouraged to be steadfast in our relationship with God as well as to be resolute in our commitment to our life of obedience to God. We are also warned that in life, we should not always focus on our present difficulties but to see beyond them for there is a glory waiting for us in the future.
Also, as Christians, we are to be patient in the midst of troubles, for it radiates hope in the ultimate victory of the good.
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