Thoughts on the II Sunday of Lent
The First Reading on the second Sunday of Lent from the Book of Genesis talks about the vocation of Abraham, called upon to set out trusting solely in the Word of God. We, too, like Abraham are called upon to leave our land. We are at an historic time when crossing the land from the old to the new world has become vital. Our Western land, our Europe of the cathedrals, is under siege by millions of people seeking dignity and safety. It is not rhetoric to affirm that a new world is being formed. A Church that still wanted to stay closed up in Noah’s Ark during the deluge, i.e. an Eurocentric Church strong only in its own certainties and traditions, would simply be out of step with the times. Even worse it would be shut off from the pain of the world. This pain of the world is illuminated by the light of Jesus which today in Chapter 17 of the Gospel according to Matthew unveils, for an instant, His Glory.
Following in Jesus’ footsteps, all Christians are called upon to share the faith in that common territory, among all the latitudes, among all believers and non-believers, that is suffering. «Jesus alone» in the Transfiguration, which ends with the anticipation of Easter, is only a man among other men. But it is in that “weak” Jesus, tempted just like us by everything, lives the Glory of God. In Jesus alone and abandoned by everybody, God reveals His Glory and tells men and women that weakness is the home of God.
This is why we must pursue our Lenten journey with trust and confidence in God; life’s hardships do not diminish our Easter momentum because the Lord lights them with His glory and asks us to always know how to recognize His saving presence both in and outside us.
“It is good”, says Peter to Jesus. Let us start anew from goodness; even if life is not always easy, it can always be happy if we live it with Jesus, if we know how to understand ourselves and others better with a compassionate eye.
The many things we have to do, preoccupations, the “noises of the world” often prevent us from listening to the tiny whispering sound by which God makes his presence known. (1 Kings 19,12).
To live a good and aware Christian life requires us to listen to the voice of God within and among us. God moves our lives, he takes care of us. Nobody is excluded, nobody is left out.