2nd Sunday of Lent
Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; Matthew 17:1-9;Matthew 17:1-9He saved us and called us to a holy life. (2 Timothy 1:9)
St. Paul tells us that we have been called to a holy life. But if you sat in rush-hour traffic when you were already late for work; if you had a dispute with your spouse or boss; if you gave in to the same old temptation yet again—you might consider that holy life to be far, far away.
It isn’t! Go back, and read that verse again. Paul says that God has called you to a holy life. He called you not because of what you can do, not because of what you have done, and not because of what you will do, but “according to his own design.” It’s his design. It’s his call.
God has a plan for you. So often, we reduce that plan to the things we have to do, like spending time in prayer, confessing sin, sharing our faith, or serving at our parish. Of course, these are all good things, and we should seek God’s guidance in them. But they are all small parts of God’s greatest plan: to fill us with his divine life and usher us into the glory of heaven!
We know that the call to holiness can be challenging at times. But it’s not always supposed to be hard. Sometimes it means gazing into the night sky and thinking about God’s goodness. Sometimes it means enjoying a family gathering. At its heart, holiness is a deep assurance that God is with you at all times, whether you are experiencing prosperity or hardship, joy or struggle.
God has a plan for your life—a plan to bring you to holiness. He has the details under control, so don’t worry about them. You will know some of the steps to take in advance, but others you will recognize only in retrospect. But whatever they are, each step will cause you to grow in love and knowledge of God: in holiness!
“Father, thank you for the life you have called me to. Give me grace to trust you with the details as I say yes to you.”