SUNDAY IN LENT
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross,
give us faith to perceive his glory,
that being strengthened by his grace
we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
When Abram was
ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to
him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.
And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you
exceedingly numerous." Then Abram fell on his face; and God
said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You
shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall
your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have
made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you
exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings
shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and
you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations,
for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your
offspring after you. As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call
her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and
moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she
shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from
GENESIS 17:1-7, 15-16
REFRAIN All the ends of
the earth shall turn to the Lord.
the Lord, you that fear him; stand in awe of him, O offspring of
Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither
does he hide his face from them; but when they cry to him he hears
praise is of him in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in
the presence of those who worship him.
poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall
praise him: "May your heart live for ever!"
the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all
the families of the nations shall bow before him. R
kingship belongs to the Lord; he rules over the nations.
him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; all who
go down to the dust fall before him. R
soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; they
shall be known as the Lord's for ever.
shall come and make known to a people yet unborn the saving deeds
that he has done. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
The promise that he
would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his
descendants through the law but through the righteousness of
faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs,
faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath;
but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this
reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on
grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the
adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of
Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written,
"I have made you the father of many nations") in the
presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the
dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping
against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of
many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous
shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when
he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for
he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the
barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning
the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave
glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what
he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as
righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to
him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also.
It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our
Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our
trespasses and was raised for our justification.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
Jesus began to teach
his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this
quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and
said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind
not on divine things but on human things." He called the
crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to
become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their
cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will
lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the
sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to
gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they
give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of
my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son
of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his
Father with the holy angels."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of wisdom,
may the light of the eternal Word,
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
guide us to your glory.
We ask this in his name.
Creator of heaven and earth,
we thank you for these holy mysteries,
which bring us now a share in the life to come,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.