Second Sunday in Lent- February 25, 2024

Theme: “Go and Proclaim: Be mindful of the Things of God and Anchor Your Life in the Gospel.”

First Reading: Genesis 17:1-7,15-16

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22

Second Reading: Romans 4 : 13 – 18

Gospel Reading: Mark 8 : 31 – 38

Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva

GO AND PROCLAIM: BE MINDFUL OF THE THINGS OF GOD AND ANCHOR YOUR LIFE IN THE GOSPEL

(A RECAPITULATION BASED ON THE HOMILY OF +FR. EREL R. VILLANUEVA)

How is your relationship with God?

Today’s Gospel in Mark reminds us to have a personal check-up of our relationship with God. Lent is the perfect time to do it. This season is a time to slow down and take a pause to check our life, especially our spiritual life.

Where are we now in our relationship with God?

The Lenten season allows us to reflect on our lives and repent for our sins. It gives us time to thoroughly check where God really is in our life. Is He still residing in us or is He simply a visitor in our lives? In our gospel today, Jesus talks about the plan of the Father regarding why He was sent to the world. As He was discussing this with His disciples, He was beginning to show the difference between a follower and a disciple. Salvation is freely given to us, but being a disciple comes with a price. Jesus wants us to understand that He is serious with us, that’s why we also need to take our relationship with Him seriously. He wants us to see that our plans will never prosper unless we pursue His plans for us. To be His disciple means denial of our self – to have that willingness to exchange our ways for His ways and submit fully to His authority.

As Christians, we are not just followers; we are His disciples. We should live out the life He has in store for us. We are committed to do His will and we should be mindful of His things and plans. We need to lose ourselves in order to gain Him. We need to carry our cross, for it is our identification in Christ. We need to surrender our everything, and give in to God, for in giving, we gain the highest price, Jesus.

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