Fr-Young :: “Vision and the Journey” – Homily – 2nd Sunday Lent 2020

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: Violet.


First reading
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 ©

You will be a people consecrated to the Lord

Moses said to the people: ‘The Lord your God today commands you to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.  ‘You have today made this declaration about the Lord: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and listen to his voice. And the Lord has today made this declaration about you: that you will be his very own people as he promised you, but only if you keep all his commandments; then for praise and renown and honour he will set you high above all the nations he has made, and you will be a people consecrated to the Lord, as he promised.’


Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118(119):1-2,4-5,7-8 ©

They are happy who follow God’s law!They are happy whose life is blameless,  who follow God’s law!They are happy who do his will,  seeking him with all their hearts.They are happy who follow God’s law!You have laid down your precepts  to be obeyed with care.May my footsteps be firm  to obey your statutes.They are happy who follow God’s law!I will thank you with an upright heart  as I learn your decrees.I will obey your statutes;  do not forsake me.They are happy who follow God’s law!


Gospel Acclamationcf.Lk8:15

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!Blessed are those who,with a noble and generous heart,take the word of God to themselvesand yield a harvest through their perseverance.Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!

Or:2Co6:2

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!Now is the favourable time:this is the day of salvation.Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!


GospelMatthew 5:43-48 ©

Pray for those who persecute you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

First readingGenesis 12:1-4 ©

All the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by you

The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name so famous that it will be used as a blessing.‘I will bless those who bless you:I will curse those who slight you.All the tribes of the earthshall bless themselves by you.’So Abram went as the Lord told him.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 32(33):4-5,18-20,22 ©

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.The word of the Lord is faithful  and all his works to be trusted.The Lord loves justice and right  and fills the earth with his love.May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.The Lord looks on those who revere him,  on those who hope in his love,to rescue their souls from death,  to keep them alive in famine.May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.Our soul is waiting for the Lord.  The Lord is our help and our shield.May your love be upon us, O Lord,  as we place all our hope in you.May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.


Second reading
2 Timothy 1:8-10 ©

God calls and enlightens us

With me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy – not because of anything we ourselves have done but for his own purpose and by his own grace. This grace had already been granted to us, in Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time, but it has only been revealed by the Appearing of our saviour Christ Jesus. He abolished death, and he has proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News.


Gospel AcclamationMt17:5

Glory and praise to you, O Christ!From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard:‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’Glory and praise to you, O Christ!


GospelMatthew 17:1-9 ©

His face shone line the sun

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.  As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’