Sharing in Christ’s Passion and Death
Today’s Readings: Genesis 22:1–2, 9a, 10–13, 15–18; Psalm 116:10, 15, 16–17, 18–19 (116:9); Romans 8:31b–34; Mark 9:2–10. We see in the reading from Genesis that Abraham is directed to offer Isaac as a holocaust, but as he is about to slaughter his son, an angel stops him. God is pleased that Abraham trusts in the Lord enough that he would put to death his only son. God’s love is such that he does not demand that Abraham make such a sacrifice.
In the Second Reading, we hear again of God’s love and of trust in that love. Paul tells the Romans, “If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?” Paul relates the trustworthiness of God, who sacrificed his Son for us. Why would we not trust the one who gave so much for us? Are you acquainted with anyone who is more worthy of your trust?
The reaction of Apostles Peter, James, and John to the Transfiguration is similar to how we respond to great events in our lives. They have seen a vision of Elijah, who represents the prophets; of Moses, who represents the Law; and Jesus, who is the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets. In awe of this vision, they want to build tents and stay on the mountain. We, too, desire to stay with our mountaintop experiences. However, we need to move on and tend to our responsibilities in our work and family lives. But it is in those places that we can ponder the dying and the risings throughout our life.
© Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Michael R. Prendergast. Scripture quotations are from The New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on September 16, 2014.
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