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Homily for the second Sunday of Lent, year C

12 Mar 2022, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Sermons

Today is the second Sunday of Lent, a Lenten journey we started about twelve days ago. At this time of the liturgical year, we slow down as Catholics to take time to reflect on our lives. Who are we? Who am I? Are we “created to be self-sufficient, to have no need of [a] relationship with God?” Do I depend entirely on my strength and intelligence? And are my weaknesses weighing me down and frustrating my Christian journey?

Dear friends, on this second Sunday of Lent, we are reminded that God knows all of our weaknesses and still loves us. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:15-16).

In our first reading, God showed an understanding of human weaknesses in his covenant with Abram. A covenant is an oath-bound between two or more people, and in many cases, there are severe consequences for going against these oaths or covenants.

In the covenant between God and Abram, animals were brought; they were cut in two and laid against each other. Each party or persons involved in the covenant are supposed to pass in-between the cut animals and vow that if they go against the covenant, may they be cut in twos like these animals. But in the case of God and Abram, it was only God who walked in-between the cut animals; he did not let Abram do that because he knows how weak we can be. God understands human weakness, and he understands that Abram may fail and be cut into two as vowed. God saved Abram from a potential fall and death just as he continually saves us and calls us to strength in Christ Jesus daily. We only need to be spiritually awake and hold onto grace.

We see Jesus and his apostles on the mountain top in our gospel passage. Jesus took his apostles up the mountain, and they saw the Lord’s glory there. They saw Jesus transfigured into the glory he had with the Father before the world was; it was an amazing sight and experience that made them wish to remain there. The apostles were on the mountain top, probably not aware of the reason Jesus took them up. Though the apostles were with the Lord, their eyes were heavy with sleep. They struggled to stay awake, and because they stayed awake, they saw the Lord’s glory.

Our weaknesses often make our eyes heavy and slumber; it makes us feel unloved, unwanted, and broken. But as long as our eyes remain open to the love and mercy of God, our brokenness and our feelings of unwantedness can become a source of encouragement and courage to approach the throne of mercy. At the moment of brokenness, King David, Hannah, who became the mother of Samuel, Job, and many others, cried to God for mercy and favor; they received them. Your brokenness and how you feel right now cannot overpower the mercy of God nor his love for you. You only need to believe and keep your eyes of faith open to see the glory of God.