March 16, 2014 – The Second Sunday of Lent
On this Second Sunday of Lent, just a matter of days into our Lenten journeys, we must be ever mindful of the beneficence of our Lord. Holy Scripture makes it quite clear in the first reading from Genesis and the second reading from Second Timothy that God includes all of us among His blessings, and He will provide us with all the strength we need to fulfill His expectations.
From the inclusion of “all the communities of the earth” in Genesis to the assurance that we can bear all hardships with “the strength that comes from God” in the second reading we need to recognize that this Lent is a time for us to respond to God’s stewardship call.
It is never too late to commit ourselves to try to be more holy, and to try to be better stewards of the incredible gifts we have received from the Lord. The Gospel gives us just a glimpse of the glory which awaits in Heaven. St. Peter’s offer to construct three shelters to preserve this Heavenly experience and Jesus’ ignoring that is a reminder to us that we cannot have Heaven on earth. Nevertheless, this Lenten season is a time for us to seek holiness and commit to lives of stewardship as we await and seek our eternal reward.