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Second Sunday of Lent - Cycle C

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General Intercessions: [English PDF]
 

Celebrant: God has given us His only Son. In his name, and by his grace, we now pray.

Deacon/Lector:

That all who proclaim the Gospel may effectively bring the world to listen to Jesus, the only Savior and Son of God, we pray to the Lord...

That all priests may enjoy the faithful support, gratitude, and encouragement of the people they serve, we pray to the Lord...

That as we acknowledge our heavenly citizenship, we may work to be active and effective citizens of our homeland here on earth, we pray to the Lord…

That the poor and the homeless may experience the protection of the God who guided Abraham, we pray to the Lord...

For the sick, the distressed, and for all those who have asked for our prayers, we pray to the Lord...

For all who have been called to their eternal reward, especially our relatives and parishioners, we pray to the Lord...

Celebrant:

Father,
as you hear and answer our prayers,
give us grace to always listen
to the voice of your Beloved Son,
who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Bulletin Insert:
 

Fresh Commitment to Life…

Cardinal Justin Rigali, in the annual Mass for Life in Washington DC in 2007, commented on the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion on January 22, 1973. He called it a “misguided use of judicial power exercised in the name of the authority resting in the people of the United States of America.” He went on to say, “Each passing year confirms us in the pain of recognizing the violence inflicted upon millions and millions of unborn children and even partially born children in our land. It is important that this truth be acknowledged, that repentance be sincere, and that effective means be taken to stop this grotesque tragedy, while preventing it from being repeated in the future. At the same time each passing year confirms us in new hope for the future. As people of prayer, we are moved by the words of Saint Paul, who says: "...we have set our hope on the living God" (1 Tim 4:10). The word of God and His commandments encourage us in our efforts, and they certainly inspire the rising generation to form new attitudes and assume a fresh commitment to the cause of life.”

Homily Suggestions:
 

Gn 15:5-12, 17-18
Phil 3:17 - 4:1 or 3:20 - 4:1
Lk 9:28b-36

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Abram (First reading) was enveloped by a deep sleep and terrifying darkness. On the mountain of the Transfiguration (Gospel), the theme of the discussion was the deep sleep and terrifying darkness that would envelop the Lord on Calvary. In both cases, God makes a covenant amidst the darkness, which gives way to new light and promise. The name “Abram” means “exalted father;” it will soon be changed to “Abraham,” meaning “father of many.” The stars in the sky don’t measure up to the number of descendants he will have. God tells him when he is 99 years old that he will bear a son and be the father of many nations! And it came to pass. His descendants include us, because he is our father in faith, as St. Paul teaches us. We have the same deep faith he had, and we too have seen that despite the apparent power of death, God makes life victorious. The deep, terrifying darkness that enveloped the Lord on Calvary made the apostles flee. Yet the memory of the Transfiguration must have strengthened them, because although they fled, they did not abandon their faith. On Easter it became clear that the light overcomes the darkness, death overcomes life, and the New Covenant in Christ’s blood will give rise to countless children of God, among whom we are privileged to be numbered.

We renew this covenant of life at every Mass. It is the celebration of the victory of life. We recommit ourselves to the God of life, and to standing up for life in the midst of a culture that has been enveloped in a deep sleep and terrifying darkness – the culture of death, mistaking death for a solution to its problems. Yet today we see the Lord in glory, and are strengthened to listen to the Son of God as the final word among all the contradictory messages in our culture.


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