Readings for Sunday, March 17, 2019 2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalter Week 2
Vestment: White
Today’s Rosary: The Glorious Mystery

Theme of the Sunday:

*It is Difficult to Give Up One's Life in Love.*

The gospel shows us one of the most important moments in the life of Jesus, while he come to understand his mission, and he realises he will carry it out through humiliation and defeat. Jesus wants his disciples to accept the plan of the Father for him but they do not do so. Only after his death will they understand that the way of the cross was the way to life. The second reading continues with this gospel idea and invites all of us to die with Christ. The death we speak of here is the destruction of our selfishness. The first reading completes the message of the liturgy of today by presenting Abraham to us, the man who placed his trust in God and, because of this, was promised a county and numerous descendants. Christians who have the courage to place their trust in God, though in human eyes may appear to be failures, will in reality be blessed by God.

FIRST READING
God enters into a convenant with the faithful Abraham
A reading from the Book of Genesis Genesis (15:5-12:17 - 18)

In those days: God brought Abram outside and said, "look, to wards heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them," Then he said to him, "So shall your descendents be. "And he believed the Loso; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness. And he said to him, “I am the Loco who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he brought him all these, cut them in two, and laid each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and behold, a dread and great darkness fell upon him. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps. 27: 1.7-Sb.8c- 9abc.13-14

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall Ifear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
whom should I dread? R.

O LORD, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer me. Of you my heart has spoken, “Seek his face.” R.

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me. Dismiss not your servant in anger;
you have been my help. R.

I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord! R.

SECOND READING
Christ will change us to be like his glorious body.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians (Philippians 3 : 17-4: 1)

Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so walk as you have an example in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in this way in the Lord, my beloved.

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians (Philippians 3:20-4:I)

Brethren: Our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in this way in the Lord, my beloved.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and praise to you, O Christ. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: this is my beloved Son, hear him. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

GOSPEL
“As he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 9:28b-36)

At that time: Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy w