Second Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2019
Having a purpose in life–it makes all the difference. Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman and this is the Sunday Soundbite for the Second Sunday of Lent.
Some of us know our life’s mission early on: We’re committed to a career, family, using our talents in a particular kind of service. Others may take many years to find their path in life. Lent is a time when we re-affirm our Christian mission, no matter what our individual vocations may be.
We hear stories this Sunday about “mission.” Abram is given his role as father of his people. On the mountain of the transfiguration, Jesus appears with two great figures from Hebrew religious history, and Luke tells us Jesus spoke with them of his “passage”–his “exodus” which was to come in Jerusalem. Luke undoubtedly wanted his Christian audience to reflect on their mission as well–to undergo the same “passage” from death to new life.
In our Christian communities this season, we’re preparing with those who will be baptized at Easter. Let’s reaffirm our own Christian commitment as we pray and fast with them. We take heart from God’s presence with us in the covenant relationship of that baptismal commitment.