February 28, 2021 Second Sunday of Lent

(1) Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18


The “Binding of Isaac” shows Abraham’s
complete obedience to God


After these things God tested Abraham. He
said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here
I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only
son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land
of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt
offering on one of the mountains that I shall
show you.”


When they came to the place that God had
shown him, Abraham built an altar there
and laid the wood in order. He bound his
son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top
of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his
hand and took the knife to kill his son. But
the angel of the Lord called to him from
heaven, and said,

 

“Abraham, Abraham!”


And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not
lay your hand on the boy or do anything to
him; for now I know that you fear God, since
you have not withheld your son, your only
son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and
saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns.


Abraham went and took the ram and offered
it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.


The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a
second time from heaven, and said, “By
myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because
you have done this, and have not withheld
your son, your only son, I will indeed bless
you, and I will make your offspring as
numerous as the stars of heaven and as the
sand that is on the seashore. And your
offspring shall possess the gate of their
enemies, and by your offspring shall all the
nations of the earth gain blessing for
themselves, because you have obeyed my
voice.”

Responsorial: from Psalm 116


R./: I will walk in the presence of the Lord,
in the land of the living


I trusted, even when I said:
‘I am sorely afflicted.’
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful. (R./)


Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord’s name. (R./)


My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem (R./)

 


(2) Romans 8:31-34


The Father’s love for us is shown by letting
his Son die for our sake


What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us? He who
did not withhold his own Son, but gave him
up for all of us, will he not with him also give
us everything else? Who will bring any
charge against God’s elect? It is God who
justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ
Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is
at the right hand of God, who indeed
intercedes for us.

 


Gospel: Mark 9:2-10


The apostles glimpse Christ’s glory, to
sustain them through his imminent passion


Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and
James and John, and led them up a high
mountain apart, by themselves. And he was
transfigured before them, and his clothes
became dazzling white, such as no one on
earth could bleach them. And there
appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who
were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to
Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let
us make three dwellings, one for you, one for
Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know
what to say, for they were terrified.


Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from
the cloud there came a voice, “This is my

Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly
when they looked around, they saw no one
with them any more, but only Jesus. As they
were coming down the mountain, he
ordered them to tell no one about what they
had seen, until after the Son of Man had
risen from the dead. So they kept the matter
to themselves, questioning what this rising
from the dead could mean.