All the ends of the earth shall remember

Week of Sunday, February 25
Second Sunday in Lent

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The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.

Readings and Psalm
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
God blesses Abraham and Sarah
Psalm 22:23-31
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord. (Ps. 22:27)
Romans 4:13-25
The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith
Mark 8:31-38
The passion prediction