2nd Sunday in
Sunday Scripture Readings
Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2 Tim 1:8B-10
Reflecting on the
The following ideas and phrases from this Sunday’s readings
- Relationships are messy and complex. Covenant as
the model for relationship is made even more complex because it is between us
and God who is beyond our comprehension.
- The readings remind us that our relationship is
not "Jesus and me,” but with the "great nation.”
- Our history as a people is complex, riddled with
good and evil, but in the end, it is our history.
- Like the psalmist, we have been crying out to
God for centuries—the same cry to the same God.
- Apostles were well aware of their history. Jesus
isn’t just a good man; he’s God’s Son.
- By ignoring, burying, or "dumbing down” any part
of our history—good and bad—we risk losing our roots that inform and teach
us. We also risk losing our future—"do
not be afraid”—the call to rise means we don’t stay where you are in our
comfort zone. The call to rise means getting up and going someplace else.
- We need to follow the invitation of God with
deep faith that depends on our relationship with God in Christ which will lead
us and open the door and show us the way
- Jesus models the importance of prayer in
solitude in order to meet God and be in companionship with him. This is how are
we find out what God intends for us.
What phrases or ideas stand out to you and why?
Recall the second point that Rev. Bob Barron made during his
- Relish the complexity of our faith.
As you read the Scriptures for the 2nd Sunday in
Lent and think about the points from Rev. Barron’s presentation, what
connections do you see? How are they meaningful to you?
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What complexities in your personal relationships challenge
you? What complexities in your
relationship with God?
What is your initial response when faced with these
complexities? How would you prefer to respond?
Who do you identify with in the history of the Christian
faith? Why? What do you think you can learn from that person’s experience and
adapt it for your own?
How do you share your faith with those closest to you? What
could you do or do differently?
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