This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus takes Peter, James and, John up the mountain to pray. While he is praying, his face changes in appearance and his clothes become dazzling white. Moses and Elijah appear and are in conversation with Jesus. The disciples have fallen asleep but are awakened and see Jesus in full glory with Moses and Elijah standing next to him. Realizing how good it is to be there, Peter suggests to Jesus that they put up three tents, but he really did not know what he was saying. While speaking, a shadow is cast over them and they become frightened. A voice comes from the cloud saying, “This is my chosen son; listen to him.” Then there follows a great silence. The disciples tell no one what they have seen. This is the second time in the Gospel of Luke that the voice of God claims Jesus as his own son. The first time this occurred was at the baptism of Jesus. At that time, the voice of God spoke directly to Jesus; “You are my beloved Son.” The second time, the voice of God is addressed to the disciples, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Today we are invited to go up the mountain with Jesus to pray. What will God reveal to us as we enter into prayer? What will Jesus say to us in the depths of our hearts? As we continue to embrace reverential silence and pray, “Jesus, Savior,” what difference will that make in our daily lives?
Please make sure to read Bishop Hurley’s letter to all regarding the Catholic Relief Services Collection that will take place next Sunday. Also note the special bulletin insert with information about this annual collection. The theme is: Help Jesus in Disguise. Jesus comes into our lives every day in various ways. Sometimes we recognize him, and other times we are totally unaware of his presence. Supporting the Catholic Relief Services Collection helps us to focus upon the presence of Christ, the suffering Christ, in the poor, in refugees, and in victims of human trafficking. Our prayers and almsgiving (donations to this cause) will go a long way to make a difference both in our own country and around the world. If you need an envelope, extras are available in the pews this weekend. Please be generous to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need.
This week I would like to highlight Tuesday evening Mass – the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the patronal feast of The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Blessings on your Lenten Journey!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ