Lent is all about change and change is usually not easy. In order to change we have to leave something behind. Today we hear about a very old man who decides to answer God’s call. Abram experiences a tremendous amount of change when he leaves everything behind, risking it all for God’s promise. Jesus changes, is transfigured, right before the eyes of his disciples. The Lenten scriptures issue the call for us to change, to be transfigured, so that we, too, will soon share in the glory of God. What is it that the Lord is asking us to leave behind? Are we willing to take the risk for the promise made by God? These questions are at the heart of the Lenten journey of conversion.
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First Reading — The Lord said to Abram: All the families of the earth shall find blessing in you (Genesis 12:1-4a)
Psalm — Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you (Psalm 33).
Second Reading — God has called us to a holy life, not because of our works but according to grace (2 Timothy 1:8b-10).
Gospel — Atop a high mountain, Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John (Matthew 17:1-9).