Sunday, March 1, 2015


Year B – Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18, (26B)
Mark 9: 2-10

“You’ve gotta have faith,” we hear echoing across our lives.  Whether it’s a pop song, a professional sports team chant, a catchphrase of self-help, or a prayerful mantra, we strive to be people of faith when we hear those kinds of words.

Today’s readings push us to really consider the spiritual gift of faith as it shows up in our lives and the life of the Church. To many of us, faith is fine until it is challenging, right?  Abraham withholds nothing, not even he who he most loves on the earth, as he trusts in God, faithfully.  Peter, James and John witness a transfigured Jesus, seeing their friend and teacher in a new light even as they continue to question and wonder just what “rising from the dead” might mean.

The charism of faith is defined in the Uniquely His book by Sheila Mellick as “The special grace to have such great trust in God and belief in his will in a given situation that one acts in faith or obedience without concern of the outcome.”

As we consider the experiences of the faith-full people in today’s readings, we are invited to examine our own charism of faith. In what situations of life so far, have you leaned in and actively chosen to trust fully in God’s loving presence in your life, without concern for the outcome?  How are you challenged to practice the charism of faith in some aspect of your life today, or this week?

In the Joy of the Gospel document, Pope Francis uses the words “mysteriously fruitful” to describe a world in which disciples and churches are fully embracing their charisms.  When we embrace and practice trusting in God in our daily lives, we plant the seeds of faith that carry the hope of “mysterious fruitfulness” in them. Imagine the harvest that can grow from such faith and cultivation!

Where will you plant and nurture seeds of faith today, believing in God’s abundant fruitfulness at some future point? 

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