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Sunday Reflection for March 01, 2015 Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Abraham goes up the mountain and emerges with a new understanding of God. Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 The faithful servant of God offers thanks as a sacrifice. Romans 8:31b-34 Whatever forces may be against us, God Almighty is on our side! Mark 9:2-10 On the mountaintop, the disciples get a new perspective on their Teacher.
Seeing familiar things differently is not easy. This is no more evident than in family relationships. Your spouse is changing, as are you. Yet you expect the dynamic between you to remain the same as always. A renegotiation of terms may feel like a betrayal. Babies become toddlers, and children become teenagers and then adults. But the parents’ vision of them may be frozen at a more primitive and dependent stage. In the same way, parents are the ones who are there for us, reliable as rocks. ...
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, March 01, 2015
Preaching the News
» Testy politics– “God put Abraham to the test” begins this Sunday’s reading from Genesis. Republican unity is being tested in Congress as the party tries to resolve internal tensions over a proposal to fund the Department of Homeland Security that has turned into a proxy fight over . . .
» Ruining our reefs– In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John, his clothes bleached a dazzling white. The world’s coral reefs are being transfigured as well, but not in a good way. Bleached by the effects of global warming, they are now being plagued by . . .
» The eyes have it– Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones. The eyes of mammals have something precious as well—eyelashes. After measuring the dimensions of nearly two dozen mammal eyes, performing a series of wind tunnel experiments, . . .
» It’s a small world, after all– We need all the help we can get, so it’s comforting to know, as Saint Paul reassures in this Sunday’s second reading, that God has our best interests at heart. The Amazon needs help too, especially because it loses much of the phosphorus it needs . . .
Quote of the Week
“It’s a clear case of religious discrimination, and I’m optimistic that the court will agree.”
—Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, commenting on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving Samantha Elauf, a Muslim who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch Kids store because she wears a headscarf
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...