Word for the Weekend: March 1

Abraham and Isaac by Marc Chagall

It's time to prepare to hear this Sunday's scriptures.  Readings and background material for the Second Sunday of Lent are here and hints for helping children to prepare to hear the Lord's word are here. (Young ears will have many questions about the first reading - be prepared!)

Marc Chagall's contemporary rendering (above) of Abraham (knife in hand) and Isaac (on the altar of sacrifice) heightens the immediacy of this weekend's startling story.

This Sunday's first lesson offers the Genesis story of Abraham and Isaac which we'll hear again at the Easter Vigil. In either setting - it's not easy to listen to or to understand! The second lesson, from Romans, offers a theological reflection on God's not sparing his own Son - recalling immediately the Genesis text and the meaning we find in the story of Isaac and his loving father. 

And, as is the case every year, the gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is an account of the transfiguration of Christ.

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