Second Sunday of Lent. “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him”

Second Sunday of Lent.

“This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him”

The second Sunday of Lent finds us up on mountain tops. Abraham is put to the test: would he be willing to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac? Jesus is affirmed as the beloved Son of God, the one who will offer himself as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sins.

This week we are invited to listen to readings, allowing the Lord to communicate his love for us. Like Abraham we might wonder what we can do in response to God’s loving care.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’, he replied. (Genesis 22:1)

  • When have you ever felt ‘put to the test’?
  •  Have you ever heard the Lord calling you by name?
  •  When have you said, ‘Here I am’ to the Lord?
  •  Listen now for the Lord to call you by name.

 

Monday.

All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience. (Genesis 22:18)

  • How has your life been blessed by the Lord?
  •  Remember times when you were obedient to the Lord.
  •  Did you feel rewarded for that obedience?
  •  What reward does the Lord what to share with you now?

 

Tuesday.

 I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 114:9)

  •  Remember times when you felt yourself in the presence of the Lord.
  •  When have you felt that you were in the ‘land of the living’?
  •  Make a commitment to be conscious of the Lord’s presence.
  •  What word of life is God speaking to you now?

 

Wednesday.

O precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful. (Psalm 115:15)

  • Remember your bereavements: who have you loved and lost awhile?
  • Think of them as ‘precious in the eyes of the Lord’.
  • Can you feel God’s closeness to you as you grieve?
  • What is God saying to you now?

 

Thursday.

With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. (Romans 8:31-32)

  • When have known that God is on your side?
  •  Name the gifts that God has given you in your life.
  •  What gift from God do you need most of all just now?
  •  Allow the Lord to show you the gifts that he is giving you today.

 

Friday

Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ‘Rabbi’, he said, ‘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 did not know what to say they were so frightened. (Mark 9: 5-6)

  • How does calling Jesus ‘Rabbi’ feel?
  •  When have you felt ‘it is wonderful to be here?
  •  When have you felt frightened?
  •  What words of comfort does Jesus have for you just now?

 

Saturday

Then came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ (Mark 9:7)

  • Reflect on the meaning of ‘Beloved’. How does it apply to you?
  •  Who do you call you Beloved?
  •  How do you listen to Jesus?
  •  Listen to him now as he speaks to your heart.

 

 

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