Readings for 2nd Sunday of Lent / A

First Reading
Gn 12:1-4a

The call of Abraham, the father of God’s people.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The LORD said to Abram:
“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
   and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.

“I will make of you a great nation,
   and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
   so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you
   and curse those who curse you.
All the communities of the earth
   shall find blessing in you.”

Abram went as the LORD directed him.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

R. :

R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Upright is the word of the LORD,
   and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
   of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
   upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
   and preserve them in spite of famine.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Our soul waits for the LORD,
   who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
   who have put our hope in you.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Second Reading
2 Tm 1:8b-10

God has saved us and called us to be holy.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Bear your share of hardship for the gospel
   with the strength that comes from God.

He saved us and called us to a holy life,
   not according to our works
   but according to his own design
   and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
   but now made manifest
   through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
   who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
   to light through the gospel.

Gospel Acclamation
cf. Mt 17:5

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice was heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.

Mt 17:1-9

Jesus’ face shone like the sun.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
   and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
   his face shone like the sun
   and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
   conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
   “Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
   one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
   a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
   then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
   listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
   and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
   “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
   they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
   Jesus charged them,
   “Do not tell the vision to anyone
   until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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