Homily for Sunday, March 12, 2017
Second Sunday in Lent
Lent is a bit like the movie “Groundhog Day.” “Groundhog Day” is about the arrogant big-city weatherman sent to small-town Pennsylvania to cover Ground Hog Day and who is rude and condescending to the locals. Because of his attitude, he must relive February 2 until he gets it “right” – until he develops some humility and charity. Lent is like “Groundhog Day” because every year Lent offers the same prayers, the same hymns, and – on a three-year cycle – the same Scripture readings so that we might get it “right” and develop more humility and charity.
But Lent is different from “Groundhog Day” because Lent offers a clear path as to how we can get it more “right.” Sunday by Sunday, over the course of Lent, the Scriptures take us by the hand and lead us, step-by-step, progressively deeper into relationship with Jesus. Continue reading