Second Sunday of Lent – 2017
The significance of faith is absolute trust in God:
In the first reading of this Second Sunday of Lent, the book of Genesis emphasizes the significance of faith and its reward to us, only if we can learn to trust and have absolute confidence in God. The Book shares with us God’s instruction to Abram. The Lord said to Abram: "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you.” We can ask the following questions: how does Abram know where God directed him to go? Wouldn’t it be appropriate for Abram to have doubts or question God regarding the credibility of His instruction? These questions are very familiar with us, because these are some of the ways and manners with which we relate with one another. This brings us to examine how our society relate with God. Would it be in order to suggest that God is almost the last to be acknowledged today in most public settings? Why? Because our contemporary society has embraced secularism as the new religion, therefore, it is hard for us to be calm and listen to what God may be telling us. The noise seems to be deafening to recognize God’s voice. This is why this reading is relevant today than ever.
God continues in the same book of Genesis: "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you." Abram went as the LORD directed him.” The Book tells us that Abram did as God told him. My brothers and sisters, this is what “Faith” is!
As Lent progresses, we are invited today to search our consciences and ask ourselves if we are on the same path with Abram or are we in doubt of the commandments of God; the teachings of His Church, the Catechism of the Church, her rituals and rites? You will certainly be in a better position to respond to these reflection questions.
Father Uche Obikwelu