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2nd Sunday of Lent A
March 16, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

The Long Haul

When I was thirty-five, I foolishly imagined that I had seen it all. Thinking it was a sign of spiritual freedom and openness to God’s will, I even told my spiritual director in India that I was willing and ready to die. “Don’t say that,” he said. “You can never say you’ve had enough.”


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch


In Matthew’s lifetime, many actual and potential Mediterranean believers in Jesus were troubled by his shameful death. If this man’s life and ministry were pleasing to God, why did it seem that God abandoned him?


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Leo the Great

The primary purpose of this transfiguration was to remove the scandal of the cross from the hearts of Christ's disciples; the greatness of his hidden glory was revealed to them to prevent their faith being shaken by the self-abasement of the suffering he was voluntarily to undergo.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Since the rise of modern biblical criticism, the question has often been asked: Did Jesus intend to found a church?