The Second reading on the Second Sunday of Lent comes from the Letter to the Philippians.
In the passage Paul – who regularly knows his own weaknesses and failings – invites the Church at Philippi to follow his rule of life, to imitate the saints. He invites them to become more and more fully saints of God themselves.
My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us.
I have told you often, and I repeat it today with tears, there are many who are behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. They make foods into their god and they are proudest of something they ought to think shameful; the things they think important are earthly things.
For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe.
So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. I miss you very much, dear friends; you are my joy and my crown.
Paul urges the disciples to be open to change and renewal, to acceptance and living of the salvation won for them by Christ, and gifted to them by Christ.
The Gospel on Sunday speaks of the Transfiguration of Jesus, and Paul encourages Philippi and us to be open to, ready for transfiguration too.
- Where are you broken?
- Where might you shine through the grace of God?
- How is God offering you healing and encouragement?
- How might you best cooperate with his grace?
Figure in Museum at Epidaurus, Greece. (c) 2006, Allen Morris