MARCH 12, 2017: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
by Joan Blandin Howard





Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalms 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.
2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Matthew 17:1-9



Lent – the season of joyful transformation


Remember the first time riding a “two wheeler” without training wheels or a helping hand. White knuckled, mouth and eyes agape - the terrifying freedom of flying solo! Wanting to go on and on and fearing how to stop.


Remember the first time standing on an ocean shore with toes curled in ever shifting sands, looking out with wonder at the profound weight and ever undulating swell. Filled with inexpressible awe and exuberance. Dreading yet tempted to venture into the froth.

Remember the first time standing on the precipice of a mountain gazing down onto the majestic expansive earth far below. Or stars on a moonless night! A feast for the eyes that could never fully quench the thirst of the soul.

Remember the first time sitting with a dying parent, sibling, child, friend or stranger. Sharing a meal with a hungry, homeless person. Attending to the child pleading, “help me, I lost my mother.”




 


Witnessing a mother give birth. Holding one’s child for the first time. Poets’ words fail to capture the inexpressible.

Consecrating and offering the Eucharist for the first time. A Jesuit priest tired to describe the profound and overwhelming sense of community, oneness, wholeness that enveloped him.

Making love to your spouse for the first time - lovingly, tenderly yet cautiously reaching out to the other. An expansion of self - touching, holding the other in gentle reverence.


Experiences we hold in our hearts – of the real, tangible presence of God. These are experiences of transformation and revelation. Today’s reading from Matthew’s gospel tells of Peter, James and John being present to Jesus being “transfigured.” We are not told directly, but must know that Peter, James and John, not transfigured, but most definitely were transformed by their experience. We can only imagine.

We can imagine, because in our own lives we have experienced degrees of transformation. Every day experiences provide opportunity, the possibility for transformation. It happens to us all the time!

To experience the fullness of freedom – no matter the age or the actual experience, predisposes us to greater and more meaningful experiences of freedom. Genuine freedom whets our appetite for greater, richer and more intimate freedom. Experiences of awe, wonder, fascination, thrill, tenderness, caring and love – fill us with deep yearning for the fuller, richer – a deep yearning for the more. The More of God. With each experience I am transformed.

What captivates us is that God gently transforms, revealing to me more and more about myself while drawing me closer and closer to Godself. My thirst and desire for these holy consolations of God, graciously given are what keep our relationship maturing. An experience of God, an experience of who I am in the heart of God draws me closer and closer, deeper and deeper into Love and in love with all life offers.

The Goodnews: a kid on a bike, a new mom or dad, the mountain climber, the beachcomber, the lover, the dreamer, the poet and songster, the homeless, the abandoned, the orphan, the widow, the refugee, the forgotten, you and me – all of us are privy each day to being transformed into a richer, more real image of Jesus.

Where does it lead? It all leads to fuller, richer life, to Love, to God.









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http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/031217.html



 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 9: PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
Dick Hauser, S.J.
These words of Jesus spoken while hanging on the cross are among the most disturbing words in the Gospels. Jesus’ cry of ...to be continued

 

APRIL 9: PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
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APRIL 2: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
Father Albert Lakra
Out of the depths I call to you O Lord: Lord hear my cry. Listen ...to be continued

APRIL 2: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Our Gospel on this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, is again taken ...to be continued

 

MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
Father Albert Lakra
There is a story told about a little boy at church with his mother ...to be continued

MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
As we did last week, we are reading today from the Gospel of ...to be continued

 

MARCH 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Eileen Burke-Sullivan
I have always been struck by the simplicity of the Annunciation ...to be continued

MARCH 20: Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Maureen McCann Waldron
Jesus had a radically different view of God, one that drew so ...to be continued

 

MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
by Luis Rodriguez
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
On this Sunday and the next two Sundays, we break from ...to be continued

 

MARCH 12: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
by Joan Blandin Howard
Remember the first time riding a “two wheeler” without training ...to be continued

MARCH 12: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

 

MARCH 5: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
by Larry Gillick, S.J.
In our First Reading for this liturgy, we hear of one garden, two ...to be continued

MARCH 5: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
In each of the three Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) ...to be continued

 

 

PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the King of Israel - Saint Andrew of Crete
We keep the coming feast of the Lord through deeds, not words - Saint Athanasius
Are we not all one another's brothers? - Theodore the Studite
Christ the high priest makes atonement for our sins - Origen
The mercy of God to the penitent - St. Maximus the Confessor
Hold fast to God, the one true good - Saint Ambrose
A Samaritan woman came to draw water - Saint Augustine
Friendship with God - William A. Barry, SJ
Christ and Moses - St. John Chrysostom
What should I give up for Lent? chocolate? ice cream? soda?
In Christ we suffered temptation, and in him we overcame ... - Saint Augustine
Biblical time: Chronos or Kairos? - Archbishop Christopher Prowse

 

 

 

 

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