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2nd Sunday of Lent A
March 12, 2017

Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Brilliant Suffering

Suppose you find yourself moved and attracted to God in a way you cannot doubt, a way that is beyond you but also within you. After the experience, you cannot really doubt that the occurrence is from God, even though you do not really understand it.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Listening to Christ’s Heartbeat

When we are listening to Christ’s heartbeat and looking out at the world from there, we will see what it means to love purely, beyond ideology, beyond being liberal or conservative, beyond different schools of thought, and beyond our opinions and those of others.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Promises of God

Abraham wanted what God offered him. If Abraham left, God told him, then Abraham would become a great nation, and all the communities of the earth would find blessing in him. That is a fairly stunning reward.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Listening to Jesus

Lent is a time to listen to Jesus, “who calls us to repentance and a change of heart.” It is a time to reflect on God’s Word about loving our enemies and being peacemakers, about proclaiming liberty to captives and letting the oppressed go free.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Encounter with God

Are we all baptized as missionary disciples to become a living Gospel in the world? Will that involve some hardship? What does Paul’s letter to Timothy (Second Reading) say about this?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

Burning Bush 


that in a flash

God saw

all and clothed
himself in it

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