Second Sunday of Lent, March 16, 2014



During this season of Lent, we'll be sending out to you various resources for prayer, study and action. Below, you'll find a reflection for today, the Second Sunday of Lent, by me from Pax Christi USA's Lenten reflection booklet from 2002. This year's booklet is Embracing Possibilities: Reflections for Lent 2014, and is available for purchase by download on the PCUSA website. 


We have also set up a page for Lent 2014 on the site where we will archive reflections throughout the season and organize additional resources for individuals and groups, including prayers, prayer services, action opportunities, and information on undertaking a Way of the Cross event for Good Friday. You can find the page by clicking here. More resources will be posted in the days to follow. 




By Johnny Zokovitch


Genesis 12:1-4a | 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 | Matthew 17:1-9


"'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to him.' When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid." The disciples' fear immediately follows the command to "listen to him" that issues forth from the voice in the clouds. In Matthew's gospel, the passage that comes just prior to the transfiguration may help us to understand the fear of the disciples. In Matthew 16:21-28, Jesus first predicts to his disciples the suffering and death that await him in Jerusalem. Peter in turn rebukes Jesus for even suggesting such a thing, to which Jesus chastises Peter harshly, even calling him Satan. Then Jesus offers the paradox of discipleship to those who would follow him: "Whoever wishes to save their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."


Earlier in the transfiguration passage when Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus, Peter is excited to be a witness atop this mountain to such a momentous event. But even as Peter is speaking, the voice from the bright cloud interrupts, reminding him and the other disciples of what is most important - they must listen to Jesus. Their minds are thrown back to the words Jesus had just spoken to them - words of his death and their own fate if they choose to follow him!....


To read the entire reflection, click here.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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