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THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 14, n. 13)
2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B
February 25, 2018
“JESUS SAVIOR: He Is God’s Beloved Son”
(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(A moment of silence)
SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.
WORDS OF ST. EPHREM
On the mountain Jesus revealed to his apostles that he was the Son of God, that he was in fact God himself … He therefore took them up onto the mountain so that they could hear his Father’s voice calling him Son, and he could show them that he was truly the Son of God and was himself divine. He took them up onto the mountain in order to show them his kingship before they witnessed his passion, to let them see his mighty power before they watched his death, to reveal his glory to them before they beheld his humiliation. Then when the Jews took him captive and condemned him on the cross, the apostles would understand that it was not for any lack of power on his part that Jesus allowed himself to be crucified by his enemies, but because he had freely chosen to suffer in that way for the world’s salvation.
Prayer text adapted from J. Servel, Chantes notes (Paris 1989), p. 289-290.
Leader: Who can withstand, O Lord, your light? Who will face the cross?
Assembly: Today, let us go up the mountain on which Jesus will shine forth.
Leader: Heal us, Lord, by your wounds. Create in us a new heart.
Assembly: Today, let us remain in the light. Jesus Christ will keep us.
Leader: Open to us the doors of life. Open to us the new times.
Assembly: Today, let us walk in the light. Jesus will rise.
JESUS MASTER TRUTH
Listening to the Word
FIRST READING: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
SECOND READING: Rom 8:31b-34
GOSPEL READING: Mk 9:2-10
POINTS FOR REFLECTION
The Gospel episode proclaimed last Sunday (cf. Mk 1:12-15) about the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and his subsequent proclamation of the Good News from God, gave us a glimpse into the uncompromising fidelity of the Son to his baptismal covenant with the Father. In the transfiguration of Jesus that we are called to contemplate today, we get a glimpse of the glorious fulfillment of Christ’s paschal journey and the magnificent destiny of his covenant fidelity to be at the complete service of God’s saving will. Indeed, the words from the cloud, “This is my beloved Son,” receive their full meaning from Jesus’ willingness to be sacrificed and from the willingness of the Father “not to spare his own Son” (cf. Rom 8:32).
SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung.
JESUS MASTER WAY
Confrontation with the Word
POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART
Leader: We open our hearts to listen to the promptings of the living Word. Let us ask ourselves with limpid honesty: Do we believe that Jesus’ transfigured glory is the sacrament of God’s love and his covenant fidelity to save us? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed in Jesus? How do we contribute to the healing and transformation of our wounded society today?
PRAYING WITH THE WORD
Loving and merciful Father,
you made us your sons and daughters
in your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
He is the beautiful sacrament of your covenant love for us.
Transform us; transfigure us; renew us.
Grant us the grace we need
to live up to our duty and responsibility as your own beloved children
in today’s fragmented and lonely world.
We love you, Father,
and we surrender ourselves to your most gracious will.
You live and reign forever and ever.
SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung
Acting upon the Word
CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.
THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Leader: Let us earnestly pray to our loving and merciful God and say:
(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.
1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of February that we may say “NO” to corruption: That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption. We pray: (R.)
2. That we may be strengthened when our faith is tested and when called to be offered as a spiritual sacrifice. We pray: (R.)
3. That we may have courage when confronted by injustice and when overwhelmed by the senseless sufferings in the world. We pray: (R.)
4. That we may feel your grace when the mystery of your Son’s paschal sacrifice confounds us and when our hearts yearn for the wonders of your Easter glory. We pray: (R.)
5. That the mass media and social media may be used to promote the truth and not to distort the truth, that the integrity and sacredness of family life may be upheld, that the right to life of the unborn, the aged and the terminally ill may be fostered, and that our beloved dead may rest in God’s peace. We pray: (R.)
(Other prayers may be added.)
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Leader: God our Father,
help us to hear your Son.
Enlighten us with your word
that we may find the way to your glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
FINAL SONG: A Lenten song, a Eucharistic hymn or any appropriate song may be sung.
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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM
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