HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT,YEAR B
HOMILY FOR SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR B
THEME: *GOD REWARDS OUR OBEDIENCE*
Beloved in Christ, today we commemorate the Second Sunday of Lent. Both the first reading and the Gospel give us an assurance that God never turns a blind eye to our obedience. He prepares a reward when we obey His commands.
It’s therefore important that we should always be faithful no matter how demanding and challenging God’s call is. This understanding is confirmed in today’s first reading. It recounts the story of the near sacrifice of Isaac in the first reading. Abraham becomes a good model for us to imitate.
Even though he knew it was through Isaac that he will be blessed, he was willing to sacrifice Isaac in total obedience to God. (Gen. 22:10) Through this act of obedience Abraham pleased God and earned the favour of God upon his life. And through that he became an example of obedience for us.
My dear friend, God in this story affirms how precious human life is. Through Abraham and Isaac, He teaches us about the responsibility we have to protect and safeguard human life.
In the gospel reading of Today, we read about the transfiguration of our Lord. Jesus knew his crucifixion and death was at hand. He also knew that there was a possibility of His disciples giving in to fear and timidity as a result of that. Thus, He used the story of the transfiguration to calm the apostles and to give them encouragement in the face of His impending crucifixion and death.
Beloved, seeing the luminous transfiguration of Jesus strengthened the faith of the apostles. This singular act also appeals to us to trust in the power and love of Jesus in our own moments of doubts and confusion. In these moments when we are tempted to give in to despair, we should look up to Jesus and be encouraged to forge on.
Saint Paul puts it beautifully in the second reading when he says that God loves us and will do anything for us. His writing in the second reading reminds us that Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father intercedes for us.
He reminds us “He who did not withhold His own son, but gave Him up for all of us, will He not with Him give us everything else.” For those who obey God’s commands and do His will, the goodness and mercy of God will always be available to them.
We are thus encouraged to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And strive to live our lives in accordance with the gospel values He teaches us. When we do that, His reward will never be denied us.