2nd Sunday Lent Year A 2017

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Gospel Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year A – March 12th 2017

Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available.


Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order. “Tell no one about this vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

  Matthew 17:1-9


Today’s mountain walk was a huge experience for the three who would always be with him. They saw Jesus in his glory. Somehow they knew the real identity of Jesus – beloved son of the Father: more to him than meets the eye.

We climb a mountain and we see new views. We see the city from a new vantage point. Beauty we never saw before.  We need times to climb mountains and get away from the ordinary.  Lent is a time like that – as we give something up, we take something on.

Every time I pray ……

Like Jesus, we need places where we hear the words – you are my son, daughter, and the beloved. We know too that if we believe that, our lives will be challenged. Whenever we climb the mountain of the Lord – make any journey with him, we are changed. As every mountain is different, every moment with the Lord is well worthwhile! Someone said, ‘Every time I pray I think of … and I know I must be kinder!

About the effect of prayer and meeting Jesus, Pope Francis says:  “We now return home with a good seed: the seed of the Word of God,” he said. “The Lord will send rain and that seed will grow. It will grow and it will bear fruit. We thank the Lord for the seed and for the rain that he will send us, but we also want to thank the sower because you were the sower and you know how to do it.”

Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger

stations-of-the-crossA good booklet for Lent – praying in the Ignatian tradition.  On sale – €3.99, at , the Ignatian bookshop or elsewhere.