Readings for Mar 4, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Lent

March 4, 2012    2nd Sunday in Lent  

Genesis 22: 1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18     Romans 8:31-34     Mark 9:2-10      The Message

Genesis 22:1-2, 9. 10-13, 15-18

After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, “Abraham!”

“Yes?” answered Abraham. “I’m listening.”


He said, “Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land

of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the

mountains that I’ll point out to you.”


They arrived at the place to which God had directed him. Abraham

built an altar. He laid out the wood. Then he tied up Isaac and laid him

on the wood. Abraham reached out and took the knife to kill his son.


Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, “Abraham!


“Yes, I’m listening.”


“Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how

fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your

dear son, on the altar for me.”


Abraham looked up. He saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.

Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of

his son.


The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I

swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have

not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh,

how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like

stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will

defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed

through your descendants because you obeyed me.”

                                                             © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


      Romans 8: 31b-34


So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can

we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us,

embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his

own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen?

Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was

raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment

sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a

wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?

                                                          © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

      Mark 9:2-10


Six days later, three of them did see it. Jesus took Peter, James,

and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from

the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered,

glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. Elijah, along

with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus.


Peter interrupted, “Rabbi, this is a great moment! Let’s build

three memorials— one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah.” He blurted

this out without thinking, stunned as they all were by what they were



Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the

cloud, a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.”


The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their

eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus.


Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t

tell a soul what you saw. After the Son of Man rises from the dead,

you’re free to talk.” They puzzled over that, wondering what on earth

“rising from the dead” meant.               © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


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