Second Sunday of Lent - Year A
As we grow older, one of the first things that leaves most of us is the spirit of adventure--the willingness to take risks. We become comfortable and settled. At an age when most people would be facing a quiet final time of life, Abraham suddenly takes an amazing gamble. Simply on the impulse of a command from God he abandons his place of security to become a gypsy. He accepts the challenge knowing that he will not see its eventual fulfillment. Such is true faith. Would you do it?
HIS FACE DAZZLING
Even though we are made in God's image, God is totally different from us. God dwells in spectacular glory: pure energy. If we could perceive even a glimpse of God with our human eyes the sight would blind us like the energy from a hydrogen bomb. To shield us from the fearful vision, God concealed his divine power to avoid frightening us away. Only once did God let the mask slip away--and then only to a select group whom he had carefully prepared. This was the vision shown on the mountain. It was a sort of "sneak peek" of our own future destiny, to comfort the apostles when they would face torture and death.
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