THE SEASON OF LENT
Lent, in the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter. In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. In Eastern churches Lent begins on the Monday of the seventh week before Easter and ends on the Friday that is nine days before Easter. This 40-day “Great Lent” includes Saturdays and Sundays as relaxed fast days.
-from Britannica Encyclopedia
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Second Sunday of Lent (C)
MARCH 17, 2019
SUCCESS BEHIND SACRIFICE
I. THE READING
The First Reading depicts Abraham not only as a father of humandkind but a prototype of a great magnitude of faith
The Second Reading urges us to imitate Paul just as he has imitated Jesus..
The Gospel Reading demands that we follow Jesus by listening to him.
III. OUR CONTEXT
Share your own journey to success (how you attained your ambition, in board exams, priesthood). How did you attain success? In this season, the readings remind us that to attain salvation, to succeed in our faith, to be successful Christians and followers of Christ, we must be patient like Abraham, we must be focused like Paul, and must be willing to sacrifice like Jesus.