March 12, 2017 – Second Sunday of Lent

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I love reading scripture and seeing how each may take something different from it.  Scripture impacts you where you are in life.  They do this during the struggles as well as the successes.  It encourages, supports and affirms you when you are following God’s plan in your life as well as smacks you in the face and brings you back into reality when you are drifting.

In the first reading for the Second Sunday of Lent from Genesis 12: 1-4, it speaks about Abram being sent out from his Father’s house, to a land that the Father will show him.  Bear in mind, Abram doesn’t see the Father but, is hearing Him and being asked to blindly follow.  Abram is told that if he goes and does as the Father asks, the Father will make his name great, curse those who oppose him and the Lord will find blessings in Abram.

When I read this scripture, I think of my own life and journey.  God’s plan is in place for my family and I but, it is up to us to truly surrender and follow.  Most of the time we look blindly at each situation, praying about what must be done, listening and trying our best to be observant of any signs God shows us; then following along the path that we believe He has laid out.  That’s hard!  It sounds absolutely ridiculous sometimes, if you allow it.  If we allow ourselves to feel as if what we are praying about and discerning is crazy or misguided, we are allowing the evil one to intertwine him into this process and our thoughts.  The crazy thing is not God’s plan, it’s the (d)evil making us believe it’s crazy; so we do not follow.

The second reading comes from 2 Timothy 1: 8-10 and begins with God calling us, Beloved.  God is calling each of us, Beloved!  Each of us is so loved by God that He addresses us by such a beautiful term of endearment as:  Beloved.  Think about that for a moment.  Who in this world do you love so deeply that you call them Beloved?

In this scripture, God lets us know that we are going to face some hardships.  He also encourages us though that if we cling to the gospel (His word), He will be there to love and support us.  God is assuring us in this scripture that He is our savior by reminding us that he destroyed death and “brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

What’s that actually mean?  I believe it means God wants us to prepare for spiritual battle, a battle that calls each of us to defend our faith through our words, actions and ways and stand firm in our beliefs of the one true God.  To put on our spiritual armor and defend our faith with confidence that He will reward us for our never-ending love and devotion, to Him.

In the Gospel from Matthew 17: 1-9, it mentions that “Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.”  Change the names of who Jesus is leading to your own, a brother or sister and a friend.  Place yourself with Jesus on that journey.  As they reached the peak of the mountain, Jesus was transfigured before them and “his face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as light.”  When this occurred, Moses and Elijah appeared to them and began conversing.  What?  What’s happening?

I believe what God is telling us again revolves around our own willingness to believe that He is real, loves us unconditionally and wants us to truly see and follow.  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here.”  Yes!  It is good.  Because of my own faith and belief and desire to follow His plan for me, I believe it is good to be right where God has placed each of us.  He does not make mistakes and asks us to bloom right where we are planted.  At all times.  Sometimes it may be difficult and we might not understand why we are where we are in life but, God knows and will lead us if we surrender to Him and do our best to follow His plan.  It is good that we are here.  Right here!  Wherever here is, for each of you is where God has placed us.

When Jesus was transfigured before them, he presented as God and announced, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  Beloved!  Just as He called each of us His beloved in the second reading, He is calling Jesus by the same.  God is letting us know He loves us as much as His own son.  Each of us!  He is also assuring us that if we listen to Jesus and follow Him, He will lead us to God’s Heavenly home.  Our home.

The reading goes on to say that when the disciples heard this message from God, they fell prostrate and were afraid.  What did Jesus do?  He touched each, reassured them of His love for them and said, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”  I believe Jesus said this because He truly wants us to walk in the light with our eyes wide open, trusting in His plan.  He desires for each of us to look at Him as our Beloved, as He looks at us the same.

Brothers and Sisters, be confident in God’s love of you.  Each of you.  We are His beloved children and He so desires a relationship with every single one of us.  Fall in love with our Father.  Call out to Him and assure Him we desire Him as much as He desires us and you want Him to know he is your Beloved as well.

Peace and prayers be with each of you.

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