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Scripture reflection: Listen!

 |  18 February 2018

Lectionary reading

First reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 115(116):10, 15-19.

Second reading: Romans 8:31-34.

Gospel: Mark 9:2-10.

Link to readings.

Introduction

The readings for this second Sunday in Lent invite us to listen and to trust that God will lead us in ways that are life-giving.

Abraham learns that he can trust God with the life of his precious son, even though what he is asked to do seems contrary to all God’s previous promises. His obedience and faithfulness are blessed by God (First Reading).

St. Paul reminds us that, since God gave up his only Son as his gift to us, we can be certain that he will not refuse us anything that we ask. God is on our side! We can trust him for our needs (Second Reading).

In the Gospel, we hear Jesus ask for a different kind of trust from Peter, James and John. After seeing Jesus transfigured in all his glory on the mountain top, they are asked to listen and believe in him, but to wait for the right time to speak of all they have seen and heard.

The Psalmist sings a song of rejoicing. Even when sorely afflicted, he has trusted in the Lord. Now he gives thanks for the ways in which the Lord has freed him, and becomes a joyful witness before all God’s people.

We pray for the grace to listen and to trust more fully in Jesus this Lent so that we, too, may “walk in the presence of the Lord”.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 115 (116)

As I begin my prayer I pause, becoming aware of God’s presence, in me, in the air I breathe, in everything around me that is God’s gift to me.

Sometimes, simply staying with this gentle awareness may be my whole prayer – God is with me and I am with God. God loves me with an enormous love.

I ask for help to pray.

After a time, I read the words of the psalm slowly, line by line, allowing its words to resonate gently in my mind and heart.

I speak with the Lord about these words, as one friend might speak to another. I listen to what God might have to say to me.

I may like to ponder one or more of the following suggestions and share with the Lord. I need not feel I must pray with them all.

What does the response “I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living” mean for me? Perhaps I find myself hoping or longing for something. I talk with the Lord about it.

Maybe I can remember with gratitude times in my life when I trusted the Lord, even in the midst of great turmoil? Or perhaps I need to ask for a greater trust that the Lord will “loosen my bonds” now? I share with the Lord.

Where am I called to be a witness “before all his people” to the love and joy of God, either in words or by my actions? The Lord will always be with me – I ask for whatever help I need.

I end with praise and thanksgiving: Glory be...

Gospel

Mark 9: 2–10

As I come to my place of prayer, I remember that God gazes on me with great compassion, mercy and love.

I begin slowly, taking time to come to stillness in the presence of God, in whatever way is right for me. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me as I pray. I do not rush.

When I am ready, I read the words of the Gospel.

I may like to imagine being led up the mountain by Jesus, with the apostles. What is it like for us to be alone with Jesus?

As Jesus reveals the glory that is his as the Son of God, I listen to Peter’s reaction. How do I respond to Jesus? I share with him.

I hear the voice say, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.”

What does the Lord Jesus want me to know and understand as I listen to him today? Perhaps I ask him.

As I come back to my daily life from my place of prayer, how am I called torespond to others? For what grace do I need to pray?

Towards the end of my time of prayer, I take a few moments to notice how I am thinking and feeling now. I share with the Lord.

I end my prayer slowly, giving thanks. Our Father...

 

 

Prepared by St Beuno’s Outreach in the Diocese of Wrexham

 

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