February 24th : Second Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration

February 22nd, 2013

For the apostles the transfiguration was an awe-inspiring experience. They had never seen their master like this before. Peter, filled with consolation says, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us erect three booths here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” On Mount Tabor they didn't want to leave. In the Garden of Gethsemane they didn't want to stay. When Jesus was arrested they all fled. But it is not to be. The transfiguration is only a preparation for things to come. With Jesus they must descend the mountain to the valley below and on to the garden of Gethsemane and Calvary.

February 17th : 1st Sunday of Lent: Temptation

February 14th, 2013

 

In today’s epic Gospel scene, Jesus relives in His flesh the history of Israel. We’ve already seen that like Israel, Jesus has passed through water, been called God’s beloved Son (see Luke 3:22; Exodus 4:22). Now, as Israel was tested for forty years in the wilderness, Jesus is led into the desert to be tested for forty days and nights (see Exodus 15:25). He faces the temptations put to Israel: Hungry, He’s tempted to grumble against God for food (see Exodus 16:1-13), When the Devil asks His homage, He’s tempted to do what Israel did in creating the golden calf (see Exodus 32) and as Israel quarrelled at Messiah, He’s tempted to doubt God’s care (see Exodus 17:1-6). Jesus undergoes these same temptations. in the first He was tempted with power over nature (“turn these stones into bread”), in the second temptation Jesus was tempted with power over people (“worship me and I will give you dominion over all nations”) and in the third he was tempted with power over God (jump and God will send angels to protect you.”). Aren’t these the same temptations that we face day in and day out?

 

 

 

 

February 10th: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Disciple’s Call

February 8th, 2013

In today’s Gospel Peter trusts and obeys God's word: "at Thy Word I will lay my nets". In doing so he experiences God's power in the great catch of fish. Because Peter accepts his own inadequacy and sinfulness God is able to change him. The scratches in our lives could become beautiful opportunities for God to turn a negative into a positive, a minus into a plus.

February 3rd, Fourth Sunday of the Ordinary Time (Year C): Rejection

February 1st, 2013

Today in the Gospel we see Jesus' own people rejecting Him. They were too familiar with Him to listen to Him: "familiarity begets contempt". Jesus can only repeat the proverb, that a prophet is not accepted in his own country. Are we ready to undergo different hardships for the sake of Jesus and for the sake of His Gospel?

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