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Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18
Romans 8:31-34
Psalm 116
Mark 9:2-10

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in god we trust?

"God put Abraham to the test." —Genesis 22:1

Lent is a season of being put to the test (see Mt 4:1; Gn 22:1). God, "the Tester of our hearts" (1 Thes 2:4), brings us to obedience school this Lent. He is testing us to see if we trust His promises or if our hearts are far from Him and we've just been giving Him "lip service" (Mk 7:6). Three days ago, the Church proclaimed Jesus' promise that God wants to provide our needs (Mt 7:7-11). Tomorrow Jesus promises us that if we give, God will provide for us lavishly (Lk 6:38).

Do we believe God and His promises? Our lifestyle tells Him whether or not we trust His promises. For example, Abraham trusted God for his family even when he couldn't see a way out of the test (Heb 11:8). This Lent, many are also being tested in the area of conceiving another child. Some will pay more attention to their financial situation or how much energy they have and pay little attention to God and His promises to provide for them. While it is wise to make prudent decisions (see Lk 14:28), this test is not about prudence. It is about trusting God and abandoning yourself into His hands. You can trust every one of God's promises (Jos 23:14; 2 Cor 1:20).

"No test has been sent you that does not come to all men. Besides, God keeps His promise. He will not let you be tested beyond your strength. Along with the test He will give you a way out of it so that you will be able to endure it" (1 Cor 10:13). The exam is beginning. Pass the trust test.

Prayer:  Father, the money in my pocket proclaims, "In God we trust." May my life of trust in You speak louder than my money.

Promise:  "If God is for us, who can be against us?" —Rm 8:31

Praise:  Praise the risen Jesus, Who has passed all tests and has given us a chance to do the same!

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 11, 2008

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