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Second Sunday of Lent

Posted: March 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

The Glory in Sight: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent

Readings:

Genesis 15:5–12, 17–18
Psalm 27:1, 7–9, 13–14
Philippians 3:17–4:1
Luke 9:28–36

In today’s Gospel, we go up to the mountain with Peter, John, and James. There we see Jesus “transfigured,” speaking with Moses and Elijah about His “exodus.”
The Greek word “exodus” means “departure.” But the word is chosen deliberately here to stir our remembrance of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt.

By His death and resurrection, Jesus will lead a new Exodus—liberating not only Israel but every race and people; not from bondage to Pharaoh, but from slavery to sin and death. He will lead all mankind, not to the territory promised to Abraham in today’s First Reading, but to the heavenly commonwealth that Paul describes in today’s Epistle.
Moses, the giver of God’s law, and the great prophet Elijah, were the only Old Testament figures to hear the voice and see the glory of God atop a mountain (see Exodus 24:15–18; 1 Kings 19:8–18).

Today’s scene closely resembles God’s revelation to Moses, who also brought along three companions and whose face also shone brilliantly (see Exodus 24:1;34:29). But when the divine cloud departs in today’s Gospel, Moses and Elijah are gone. Only Jesus remains. He has revealed the glory of the Trinity—the voice of the Father, the glorified Son, and the Spirit in the shining cloud.

Jesus fulfills all that Moses and the prophets had come to teach and show us about God (see Luke 24:27). He is the “chosen One” promised by Isaiah (see Isaiah 42:1;Luke 23:35), the “prophet like me” that Moses had promised (see Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22–23; 7:37). Far and above that, He is the Son of God (see Psalm 2:7;Luke 3:21–23).
“Listen to Him,” the Voice tells us from the cloud. If, like Abraham, we put our faith in His words, one day we too will be delivered into “the land of the living” that we sing of in today’s Psalm. We will share in His resurrection, as Paul promises, our lowly bodies glorified like His.

While in Adoration….

Posted: March 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

While in Adoration…

Thought I would go excitedly to share with the Lord my little adventure of helping to push some elderly folks from the home for an outdoor breakfast at the food centre. And thank Him for giving me the opportunity to do so. However as I began to pray, I saw myself at this morning’s Eucharist receiving the Lord in my hand. Yes I found that it was a little strange but I did not think too much of it at the time.

You see two priests co-celebrated mass, the medium sized consecrated host was broken into half and each priest took a piece. They then broke off a smaller piece each to consume while the rest they broke into smaller pieces and placed them into the ciborium. Father had given me such a piece, it was triangular with the pointed side placed downward and got caught between the recess of my index and middle finger and so it stood up as those I had been pierced. This now brought me to reflect on how our Blessed mother’s heart was pierced, by the cruel punishment and death of her son Jesus Christ who died to take away our sins. Who now nourishes us by His body in the very Eucharist that was in my hand. Then I saw the upward thrust of the same very Eucharist in my hand, the reverse side of the triangle of His love fanned out for the whole world! The love of the Holy trinity outpoured. Then came the consolations flowing down in waves! Thank You Jesus, praise You Jesus. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Blessed, anointed, set apart that is our call to faithfulness to and in the Lord our God. A call to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.

Can we then love the stranger the same way we love our family? Can we choose to love those who hurt us? Can we welcome and embrace the outcast in society? Can we help those who cannot help themselves? If we call ourselves Christians, disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ them the answers must be Yes! For we indeed have a higher calling as children of God our Father.

To answer the call to Holiness is allow ourselves to be fully united with the Lord our God. For it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that our love for Him and brethren is perfected. Only through Him can we love the way we should and put that love into action.

O Lord You are the Potter and I am the clay. Perfect what is lacking in me Lord that I may glorify You always in all I say and do. Amen

First reading

Deuteronomy 26:16-19 †
You will be a people consecrated to the Lord

Moses said to the people: ‘The Lord your God today commands you to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
‘You have today made this declaration about the Lord: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and listen to his voice. And the Lord has today made this declaration about you: that you will be his very own people as he promised you, but only if you keep all his commandments; then for praise and renown and honour he will set you high above all the nations he has made, and you will be a people consecrated to the Lord, as he promised.’

Gospel

Matthew 5:43-48
Pray for those who persecute you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’