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
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your
kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make
your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless
those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and
in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So
Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.
REFRAIN The Lord himself watches over you.
lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. R
will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will
not fall asleep.
he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep; R
Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your
that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. R
Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you
Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this
time forth for evermore. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor
according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he
has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does
the scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned
to him as righteousness." Now to one who works, wages are not
reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without
works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned
as righteousness. For 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
ROMANS 4:1-5, 13-17
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He
came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that
you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these
signs that you do apart from the presence of God." Jesus
answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the
kingdom of God without being born from above." Nicodemus said
to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can
one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the
kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is
born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is
spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born
from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the
sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it
goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" Jesus
answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do
not understand these things? Very truly, I tell you, we speak of
what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not
receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and
you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about
heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one
who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be
lifted up, what whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the
world, but in order that the world might be saved through
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.