Sunday, March 4, is the Second Sunday of Lent (Year B, Cycle II).
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-19; Romans 8:31-34, Mark 9:2-10
In today’s readings, we hear two stories about sacrificing sons on mountaintops. They teach two things: God is demanding, but God will do the best thing for us in the end.
The first son is Isaac. His father, Abraham, is told to sacrifice his boy on Mount Moriah. In the longer version of the story, it is clear that Isaac knew something was up. At one point he asks (nervously, we might imagine) what exactly his father plans to sacrifice on the mountain. But he doesn’t argue. He goes along with his father’s plan, even carrying the...READ MORE