Readings for Lent 2

Mark 8:27-38; Romans 5:1-11; Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31

In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells his disciples that the Way of the Christ includes suffering, rejection, and death. It will mean the same for all who would follow him. The disciples reject this idea because it doesn’t match their understanding of how God is supposed to work.

In the Epistle reading, Saint Paul described the incredible effect of being a justified sinner, reconciled to God through Christ. It gives us the ability to rejoice even in hard circumstances because we know that God uses suffering to bolster our hope of future glory.

In the Old Testament reading, God gives Abram and Sarai new names to reflect His covenant promise to them. They will become the father and mother of many nations. Like the disciples, they are slow to believe this news because it doesn’t match their expectations.

Are you giving up something for Lent? Remember the ultimate goal of fasting: to love Christ more wholeheartedly and serve our neighbor more effectively.