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2nd Sunday in Lent

By Fr. Paul S Voisin, C.R.

Our First Reading presents us with Abram, still young in his life with God. God overwhelms Abram with his promises and blessings. These words must have surprised Abram, as God was asking him to leave behind the known and familiar and journey forth to where He would send him. Abram had no idea how God would work in and through him, and bring about these promises of a “great nation”, and that “all the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you”. How could this happen? He was a simple shepherd. His future seemed so limited, as he and his wife, Sarah, had no children, which was looked upon as a curse in their culture. Yet, despite any hesitancy, Abram walked in faith and did as God directed. God was with him, and He would be faithful in his promises and blessings.

 How encouraging the words of St. Paul to Timothy! Indeed, our God is a God of blessing, which St. Paul experienced abundantly in his own life. His ministry was bearing witness to that new life of the Risen Lord. As God is holy, we have been called to a holy life. We are holy in Christ Jesus. St. Paul talks about God’s “own design and the grace bestowed”. God is at work (God-incidence?), and we have what we need to respond to His grace and to share in His life, and to share that life with others. We are truly blessed!

How marvelous and awesome this gospel! We can only imagine that moment of the Transfiguration, and how this completely transformed their understanding and belief in who Jesus was. Lucky Peter, James and John! The other disciples had to wait for such a manifestation of His glory in the resurrection. The presence of Moses and Elijah are significant—Moses representing the Law of Judaism, and Elijah representing the Prophetic Tradition of Judaism. The company of Jesus with them proclaims that His revelation is in harmony with the Law and the Prophets. Jesus told us that He came to fulfill the Law, not to abolish it. Peter’s words about putting up the three tents reflect the solemnity of this manifestation in terms of their religious tradition.

When I hear this gospel, I can imagine that Cecil B. De Mille, the great director, would have been disappointed in the words of the Father. At the Baptism in the River Jordan, the heavens opened and the voice of God said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, in Whom I am well pleased”. You would have thought—God being God—that He would have had something more to say at this particular moment, rather than just adding, “listen to Him”. I am sure Cecil B. De Mille would have instructed a script-writer to be far more eloquent. However simple we may see these words of the Father to be, they are profound, as once again He acknowledges His Son. Equally important is His message to us, to listen to the teachings of Jesus, His Son. In our human condition, we sometimes prefer to jump ahead and ‘do,’ rather than to take time and ‘be,’ the ‘being’ that comes from sitting at the feet of the Master and listening to His words. This is the heart of the life of a disciple, seated at the feet of the Master and (like a sponge) taking in every word that comes from the mouth of the Master, and to take on a discipline (=disciple) to be like the Master. This is our chance, to listen. Let us not walk away from the Transfiguration unchanged!

“‘Celebrating the Word’ is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Resurrection [Resurrectionists], which makes this faith-sharing resource available without cost. To read the full issue, or some of our recent back issues, please visit:

http://resurrectionists.ca/celebrating-the-word

03 – March 12, 2017

 

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