Second Week of Lent
Worship of God
Read Matthew 17:1-9. This Lenten series notes several ways of cooperating with God's steadfast love and mercy. These are necessary for growing as resolute Christians. The theme for the First Week of Lent was the importance of learning the Word of God and living according to its message. The theme for the Second Week of Lent is to be steadfast in worshiping God.
The most important act of worship is Holy Mass. We are participating in the one and eternal sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has risen from the dead and has ascended into heaven. We come to worship in response to His command to remember what He has done for our salvation. Fortified by the graces that we receive during Holy Mass, we go forth to glorify God in our lives. In this sense, our worship of God continues outside of Holy Mass. To worship God is to obey God because we trust in God’s love for us.
In the Gospel reading. Peter was distressed with Jesus’ prediction that He would suffer greatly, be killed, but rise on the third day (cf. MT 16:21-22). Peter was so delighted with the Lord’s transfiguration that he wanted to remain on the mountain and avoid the cross (cf. MT 17:4). God encourages us to remember that the journey of carrying the cross leads to the resurrection. “While [Peter] was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him’” (MT17:5).
Response: Is Sunday Holy Mass the most important event on your schedule? In what ways can the graces that you receive during Holy Mass impact your week? Carrying the cross in union with the Lord Jesus is difficult. However, the Lord enables us to be steadfast in carrying it. God is steadfast in offering the crown of eternal life to those who do so.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1330: [What is the Sacrament of the Eucharist called?] “The memorial of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection. The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church's offering. The terms holy sacrifice of the Mass, "sacrifice of praise," spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy sacrifice are also used, since it completes and surpasses all the sacrifices of the Old Covenant.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1332: [What is the Sacrament of the Eucharist called?] “Holy Mass (Missa), because the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concludes with the sending forth (missio) of the faithful, so that they may fulfill God's will in their daily lives.