Saturday, February 24, 2018

2/25/18 - 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

Scripture Readings

We focus on God. When we hear the reading from the Book of Genesis, we wonder why would God ask this of Abraham? What was God thinking? Maybe our understanding of the reading would change if we would focus on Abraham instead.

We focus on Jesus. When we hear the gospel reading we say I want to be transfigured like Jesus. We are not God. We are the children of God and we will have to await the resurrection of the dead to be transfigured.

Maybe we should focus on Peter. Why focus on Peter and Abraham? Because they are like us.

Somehow Abraham convinced himself that God wanted him to sacrifice his only son Isaac.

Somehow Peter convinced himself that he and Jesus, along with James and John, should just stay atop the mountain.

Both were well intentioned but both were wrong. What they thought God wanted was not what God wanted at all. Even though they were way off, God was still on their side.

God is on our side. Saint Paul reminds us that if God is for us, who can be against us?

That’s why I think Matthew Kelley’s theme this Lent is so profound. Kelly reminds us that God wants progress, not perfection.

If you’ve been watching the daily videos from Dynamic Catholic you know that’s what the reflections have been about this Lent.

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Abraham is continuing to learn about God and grow in his relationship with God. He is continuing to try to discern. What is God calling me to do? Who is God calling me to become? Progress not perfection.

Abraham really believed that God was calling him to sacrifice Isaac. But the angel brings a very different message. Do not lay a hand on the boy. Progress not perfection.

Peter is continuing to learn more and more about Jesus. Peter is continuing to grow in his relationship with Jesus. Peter really believed that they should all stay on the top of the mountain forever.

But Jesus says come down the mountain with me and I will show you how to be my disciple. Progress not perfection.

We are not going to get everything right in our relationship with God during these forty days of Lent. That’s ok. We are seeking progress not perfection.

Each day is an opportunity to make progress. Each day is an opportunity to become a better version of myself.

God is trying to help us know ourselves. Jesus is trying to help us discover God’s will for us. This takes time. It also takes drawing closer to God.

We might have convinced ourselves that we have to be perfect before God will love us. But God loves us just the way we are and calls us to grow. So let us focus on progress not perfection. That’s the way to God’s heart this Lent.

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