Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.a I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”b So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
See also 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 and Matthew 17:1-9
I must admit that the sequence of the three readings we had at Mass this morning did not turn my
mind particularly to the season of Lent. Instead, they seemed to me like a resume of religious life. How so?
Well, first there is that summons to leave behind what is familiar and known, and perhaps even comfortable – though I dare say Abram’s nomadic life might not have been all that cushy – and to go into the unknown (no indication where: just a land that I – God - will show you;)and surely entering religious life is like that: an alien land, where things are not as we have hitherto known them. You will also remember that a bit later Abram’s name is also changed – though not by much- as has happened to most of us here.