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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for February 25, 2018
 Second Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Genesis 22: 1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116: 10, 15-19
Second Reading: Romans 8: 31-34
Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10

Reflection     
Today we reflect on one of the greatest mysteries of our faith.  How could Abraham be willing to kill his own son?  Thankfully, God withdrew God's own request when it was clear that Abraham loved God even more than he loved Isaac.  A hint of the cost to Abraham is given in Psalm 116, "I believed even when I said, I am greatly afflicted."  In the Gospel Jesus shows Peter, James and John--and all of us, his divinity, when he is transfigured on the mountain.  Coming down the mountain however, Jesus warns them of his impending death.  And we ask...how could God allow the only begotten son to die?

Prayer
Loving God, we recall that "there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for others."  Give us the faith to believe that you allowed your son to die so his love would be proven to all of us.  May we be convinced that because of the death of Jesus and his resurrection, our death will provide for us the final embrace of your everlasting love.

Amy Kistner, osf