Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
May 22, 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 12:1-4a

I will make of you a great nation.

  • In the first reading, Abraham is obedient to God’s call.
  • Abraham is blessed by God. Ultimately, blessing is a sharing in the life of God, a sharing in God’s power to bring life and to sustain it.
  • Because of Abraham’s obedience, the inexorable progress of sin and separation is reversed and God’s blessing begins to fill the world.

Reading II : 2 Timothy 1:8b-10

God has called us to a holy life.

  • In 2 Timothy the point is made that through obedience, followers of Jesus will share in the sufferings of Jesus and then come to share forever in his glory.
  • Through his death on the cross, Jesus has conquered death.
  • The final goal of God’s blessing is new life.

Gospel : Matthew 17:1-9

Get up! Do not be afraid!

  • In the Gospel story Jesus leads Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, a favorite place in the Gospel of Matthew for revelation.
  • There, the presence of God shines through Jesus and he is transformed.
  • Moses and Elijah, representatives of the Law and the prophets, appear with Jesus.