2ND SUNDAY OF LENT – A TIME OF TRANSFIGURATION OR TRANSFORMATION?
On this Sunday of Lent in each of the three Lectionary cycles, we always hear about the transfiguration of the Lord, when Jesus looked different to the three apostles. What was the “new, improved” look of Jesus? His face changed and was probably just beaming with joy and reflecting the light of heaven. Even his likely dirty and sweaty clothes from climbing the mountain “became dazzling white” during this theophany that displayed the divinity of Jesus for the sake of the still skeptical apostles – Peter, James, and John. The bright light can be considered a sign and symbol of God’s love shining on us and our response of loving and loyal faith.
A deeper meaning of this mountain-top experience is Jesus’ divine transcendence and his human transformation. The apostles were receiving a powerful and unforgettable lesson about the mystery of the Incarnate Son of God. The voice from the cloud made it clear that this man, Jesus, is the “beloved Son” of God the Father, and that we should listen carefully to his teachings.
And yet, this divine person had to go back down the mountain and continue his earthly life of solidarity with the human family, even to the point of experiencing extreme suffering and a horrible death. Come back in five weeks to hear how this story comes to a glorious climax of new life!
In the meantime during Lent, as Jesus is transfigured, let us work on being transformed to be ready to reflect the Light of Christ!
+ To our two catechumens in our St. Bernadette Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), who this past Sunday came forward at the 10:30 Mass for the Rite of Election, as they proceed with the rituals of becoming full members of the Catholic Church and our parish:
Tina Lahay, who is completing her catechesis in the Catholic Faith and is preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation at the upcoming Easter Vigil.
Stephanie Williams, who is preparing to receive all three Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
+ To our three 2nd grade PSR students who had their First Reconciliation service this past Saturday:
Millie Kusto, Ian Whitehead, and Katie Wilson
LENTEN ACTIVITIES: Don’t forget prayer, fasting, and almsgiving!
+ Monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, first Tuesday of each month, Mar. 2nd, 8:30am-1:00pm; this is a good extra Lenten prayer activity to just come to church to pray quietly in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord for ten minutes, or for a holy hour.
+ Rosary for Life, first Sunday of the month, Mar. 7th, at 10:00am. Come pray the rosary as a group in the front of church before Mass, and remember to pray for the protection of the lives of all the unborn babies.
+ Stations of the Cross, every Friday during Lent, at 8:30am, after 8am Mass, in church. A good traditional Lenten prayer.
+ Daily Mass, Monday-Friday, 8am. No better extra Lenten prayer and worship opportunity.
+ Video series, The Sacraments, by Bishop Barron, every Tues. 6:30pm or Thur. 1:30pm, in Feckter Hall.
+ Bible Study on Sunday Readings, every Tues. 1:30pm or Wed. 6:30pm, in Feckter Hall.
+ Rice Bowl for Catholic Relief Services – pick one up at church entrances and use it through Lent.
+ Fridays of Lent – Days of Abstinence from meat, or you can do more serious fasting, as you begin to remember the day of the week when our Lord died on the cross for us.