Second Sunday of Lent Gen 12:1-4; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17:1-9 (year a)

Lent is a season of repentance underpinned by a clear vision of hope. It is a journey that begins from the humble confession of where sin has brought us, and concludes with the joyful celebration of what we are becoming in Christ Jesus and the power of his Resurrection.

The call of Abraham, recorded in the Book of Genesis, clearly illustrates the journey that Lent sets before us. We first encounter Abram in the familiar circumstances of home and family. This was the place in which he had built his life, the place that provided his security.

God’s call, when it came, challenged these securities: “Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you.”

Our circumstances are very different from those of Abram, but we should be willing to face the same challenge at the beginning of Lent. Are we willing, like Abram, to break with the ingrained habits of a sinful life so as to journey into the presence of God? Whether consciously or unconsciously, we must decide whether we remain as we have been in the past, or accept God’s call to become like him.

The narrative of Abram’s call concluded with the surrender of faith: “So Abram went as the Lord told him.”

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