All three readings for the second Sunday of Lent suggest that God is offering to uproot man from his past and his present in order to offer him a more glorious future. It all begins with Abraham.
Abraham is apparently happy with the land he inherited. After all, he is 75 years old and well established in his habits and in his society. Yet God is not satisfied, because He wants Abraham to be part of a much larger plan that He has in mind for all mankind.
We begin the First Sunday of Lent with the story of the creation and fall of man. We are told that man was created out of clay, and then God "blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being."
I am reminded of the story of the little boy who came crawling out from under his parents' bed and asked his mother, "Mom, is it true that we were created out of dust and that we will return to dust?" and his mother said, "Yes, that is true." The boy replied, "Then under your bed there must be somebody either going or coming!"
The message underlying God's word to us in Sunday's readings is very simple. We are rooted in the heart of God. He made us, and we belong to Him. The more we become aware of our rootedness in God, the more our hearts will trust in Him, as the circumstances of our lives change.
Whether or not we realize it, Sunday's readings are giving us a key to access God's incredible and ongoing goodness to us. Sunday's readings may seem very challenging to us, but that is only because we may not understand them.
We may well ask ourselves, "How will sharing our bread with the hungry or sheltering the oppressed and the homeless suddenly heal our wound? What is our wound that needs healing?"