Today we not only celebrate the Lord’s Day but we also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We extend to those of your who of Irish descent greetings of the day. While traveling in Dublin, My family name was on a store sign spelled Schnobb. On this day we can all be called Irish in one way or another in celebrating St. Patrick, a great man of faith.
Second Sunday of Lent
March 17, 2019
Today we not only celebrate the Lord’s Day but we also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We extend to those of your who of Irish descent greetings of the day. While travelling in Dublin, My family name was on a store sign spelled Schnobb. On this day we can all be called Irish in one way or another in celebrating St. Patrick, a great man of faith.
All three readings from Scripture, point in one way or another to the high point of Jesus’ transfiguration. In the first reading, Abraham is promised by God that he would be the father of many nations and we are the proof of that promise and we are destined to be partakers in the faith of Abraham, whom we call our father in faith and Jesus was born in the context of this faith.
St. Paul reminds us that we are citizens of heaven and not of this world. We are in the world but not of the world. We are sojourners in this world on the way to meet our destiny and that is to be in union with God. Just like the Apostles on the mountain top today that experience Jesus in all his glory as the Son of God. In the Bible, whenever you find yourself on a mountain, there is a revelation of God. This told the Apostles that Jesus is the Son of God and we receive the same message today in sharing this experience in the Gospel.
This is a call for us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and the ultimate goal of our life. The ultimate goal to be in total union with God in heaven where we will shine in the brightness of God’s glory. For we will be like God himself.
In order to accomplish our ultimate goal is prayer. Jesus brought the disciple up the mountain to pray. Like all relationships, our relationship with God takes time and effort especially time to talk, share our lives, and get to know him in all his glory and life-changing power. And just as God wants us to share our needs he also asks that we stop and listen to his word and experience his love for us. A life without prayer will soon become meaningless. The church offers us many forms of prayer especially the Mass and the Sacraments, and the devotions such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, and the Bible to read and pray over. Just sitting in silence placing oneself in the presence of God will be most beneficial.
Many times in the lives of married people, the husband and wife are so busy with their children, their jobs and so many other things that they no longer spend time with each other and ultimately become strangers to one another. This is sometimes evident when the experience the empty nest syndrome and they come to realize what they have in common is the children and no longer have a relationship with each other. This very often happens before and the marriage falls apart. Every relationship has to have presence, dialogue and sacrificial love. The same can be said with our relationship with God.
Lent is an opportunity to bring about a transformation in our hearts, in our relationships with others and most importantly our relationship with God. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus his Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.