Lifelong Catechesis

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April 23, 2024


Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Second Sunday of Lent

Reading I : Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18

God makes a covenant with Abram.

  • In the reading from Genesis, God promises Abram many descendants.
  • God seals the covenant with Abram by appearing as a flaming torch between the carcasses of the sacrificial animals.
  • This was symbolic because the ancient way of sealing an agreement was for both parties to walk between the split bodies of sacrificial animals.

Reading II : Philippians 3:17-4:1 or Philippians 3:20-4:1

Christ will transform us.

  • In the second reading, Paul encourages the Philippians to trust God and wait.
  • Those who lose faith search for immediate gains.
  • Those who wait for God’s promises will share in Jesus’ glory.

Gospel : Luke 9:28b-36

As Jesus prayed, He was transformed.

  • Immediately after Jesus told the disciples that he would suffer, die, and rise again, he takes a select group of them to a mountain to pray.
  • While on the mountain, Jesus reveals his divine identity to Peter, John and James.
  • Peter, captivated by the transformation of Jesus, wanted the scene to last.