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March 2, 2001 Issue
Summoned to Serve

Praying with Sunday's Scriptures

March 11, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Reading I: Genesis 15: 5-12 ,17-18
Reading II: Philippians 3:17-4:1
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36


By Marge Mattice

Summoned to Serve

Focus: God's love is transforming and life-giving. Each of us can pass on God's love.


Opening Prayer

Merciful and gracious God, it is our memories of your loving touch in the past and our trust in your transforming presence in days to come that shape and mold our hearts. In your wisdom, guide us as brothers and sisters of your Son, Jesus, to bring your love to a waiting world. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Scripture Sharing: What thought, line or image from the Scripture readings caught your attention?

Reflection: Our lives are a grace-filled blend of memories and hopes. Memories of past events, growth, pain, meaningful relationships, misunderstandings; hopes of finding meaning in our lives, good things for ourselves, family and friends, success in careers. Reflecting back on today's Gospel, how much of our past, present and future is rooted in our hope that God wills and desires to transform us?

In the first reading, Abram sought God's covenantal love and was promised a home. In St. Paul's reflection, we are called to realize that our promised home is not in the things of this earth. Our ultimate home will be when our earthly bodies are transformed into eternity, into a complete union with the God who has loved us from the beginning.


Faith Sharing

1. How have memories of past events and relationships shaped your hopes for the future?

2. What role does Scripture play in helping you understand memories of the past? How does Scripture shape your belief in a transformed future?

3. Has there been an event in your life that only in retrospect has been God's transforming love for you?

4. Through these readings what is God asking you to do for others as part of the body of Christ, his Church?

Action Response: How are you 'summoned to serve'?

1. Into what family, work, local or global situation could you bring the transforming presence of God?

2. Pray for that person who has brought God's transforming love into your life.

3. How does God's transforming love 'summon you to serve' in your parish or community?


Closing Prayer

Individuals offer their intentions to bring to prayer.

O loving Jesus, you offer us your transforming presence, giving us hope and courage. We need to journey on. At every turn, you are the light and glory of the Father's love. May we make you known in a world that longs for light and glory. We ask this through the Father in your Spirit. Amen.


(Mattice is a member of Holy Rosary Parish, Kewaunee.)

Readings for March 4-10

Sunday, March 4: (First Sunday of Lent) Dt 26:4-10; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13.

Monday, March 5: Lv 19:1-2,11-18; Mt 25:31-46.

Tuesday, March 6: Is 55:10-11, Mt 6:7-15.

Wednesday, March 7: Jon 3:1-10; Lk 11:29-32.

Thursday, March 8: (Jon of God, religious) Est C:12,14-16,23-25; Mt 7:7-12.

Friday, March 9: Ez 18:21-28; Mt 5:20-26.

Saturday, March 10: Dt 26:16-19, Mt 5:43-48.


Readings for March 12-18

Monday, March 12: Dn 9:4b-10; Lk 6:36-38.

Tuesday, March 13: Is1:10,16-20; Mt 23:1-12.

Wednesday, March 14: Jer 18:18-20; Mt 20:17-28.

Thursday, March 15: Jer 17:5-10; Lk 16:19-31.

Friday, March 16: Gn 37:3-4,12-13a,17b-28; Mt 21:33-43,45-46.

Saturday, March 17: (Patrick, bishop) Mi 7:14-15,18-20; Lk 15:1-3,11-32.

Sunday, March 18: (Third Sunday of Lent) Ex 3:1-8a,13-15; 1 Cor 10:1-6,10-12; Lk 13:1-9.




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