The Weekend of March 16-17
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the Second Sunday of Lent.
In the Readings
First Reading Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
During Lent, the First Readings tell the story of Salvation History in the Old Testament of the Bible. In this weekend’s First Reading, God tells Abram to try to count the stars in the sky. He tells Abram that’s how many descendants he will have. Abram puts his faith in the Lord, who promises to give him the land. Abram makes sacrifices to the Lord, and the Lord makes a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land.”
Second Reading Philippians 3:17 – 4:1
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us to follow the example of him and the Apostles. He tells us many people act as enemies of the cross of Christ and only devote themselves to earthly things as “their God is their stomach.” But, Paul tells us, as followers of Christ, our citizenship is in heaven, and we await our savior, Jesus. Jesus will transform our earthly selves to be like His glorified self if we stand firm in the Lord.
Gospel Luke 9:28b-36
In the Gospel, Jesus takes Peter, John and James up a mountain to pray. While He prays, Jesus’ face transforms in appearance, and Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Him. Peter, John and James, who were asleep, wake up. As Moses and Elijah prepare to leave, Peter says to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But Peter doesn’t know what he’s saying. While he speaks, a cloud passes a shadow over them and a voice says, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.” After the voice speaks, Jesus is once again alone with Peter, John and James. The three are silent and do not tell anyone at the time what they have seen.
This month’s 3rd Sunday Social Justice Collection is for Our Lady of the Sioux parish in Oglala, SD. It is located in one of the poorest areas in the entire US. Their weekly collection at Mass is about $10 for the whole parish. Thanks for your Lenten alms and your prayer for them!
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall following the Gloria.
Knights of Columbus Baby Shower
The crib for the Knights of Columbus’s annual “Baby Shower” in in the back of church until April 14. There is a list of needs posted. All proceeds will go to Birthright.
Picture Lent. You’re probably thinking about what you’re going to give up this year and what fish fries you’ll try to go to. While these are good things to do, we sometimes lose sight of what Lent is really calling us to. This season calls us to something much more wonderful and terrifying. It can be hard to think about, but Lent calls us to be transformed. This is a time to let the Holy Spirit into our lives and to allow our lives to be positively changed by that presence. Join us as we each ask, “How am I going to allow the Holy Spirit to transform me this Lent?”
This week’s focus is “Renew”
- Renew my awe at God’s love for me.
- Renew my desire to listen to Jesus.
- Renew my humility so God can draw near.
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