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2nd Sunday of Lent

February 21st, 2016

Itís Time To Be Transfigured!

 

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Gospel
Mk 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

 

 

 

I remember one time, a moment, when life finally became very clear for me, at least for a while; when I knew in my heart that I was one with Jesus and so full of the joy of his presence.  Everyone and everything was alive with music and beauty, blue skies and fluffy white clouds; crystal clear water trickling over moss and fern; contentment and peace between brothers, parents, sisters, and children, friends, and neighbors.  This moment in time was a revelation to me, a time when I thought I really knew what my life was all about.  I was on a retreat at the White House Retreat Center near St. Louis.  As I walked along the ridge above the banks of the Mississippi, with rosary in hand, the birds were singing and so many beautiful flowers were in bloom.  One could see the faded sunrise hide behind the fog that filled the river in the early morning, only to burst through in brilliant light within only a few minutes.  The wonder and amazement of it all seemed so transparent, yet remarkably real and present to me.

 

       I wonder if the Transfiguration was something like that for Jesus?  Did his human nature suddenly blossom into the divine nature that was embraced by God his Father and Holy Spirit who were one with him?  We might never have known about it if three of his disciples, whom he had chosen, had not been privileged to witness, and for the moment when Moses and Elijah stood on either side of Jesus and showed him the life that was his.  We may appreciate that the Transfiguration happened to Jesus in some historical sense, but what if could happen to us?

 

       Perhaps, this is the punch line of this reading.  The Transfiguration is not just a past moment in the life of a long ago dead and risen prophet.  It was and is about us.  Lent can transfigure us, if we but let it.  It can flood us with light, dazzle us with possibilities. 

 

       Are we ready to be dazzled?  Are we ready to look up and see only Jesus?  Look around us now.  Can we see the holiness of so many people throughout our lives, men and women, young adults and teens, children, the elderly, and single parents?  Yes, we look ordinary, but at one time or another; we might have been transfigured, and certainly will be at the time of our reception into eternal life.

 

           But we can also be a very dismal people, a very troubled people with those who want to dazzle and hope in the Lord and wanting the world to do the same, a world and a country that may seem very disheartened, confused, and bewildered.  The morality of our country is at an all time low.  We know that.  It is evident.  It is quite evident in those who claim to be leading this country, those who are empowered by us the citizens, to faithfully represent us.  However, it seems like that is not even an attention that they care to consider anymore.  They want to focus on those things that go against Christianity.  It almost seems as if they want to kill the spirit of Christianity.  It's happening all around the world.  It's happening here in our country as well, and we know who is leading the charge, we know his name, we know what he is up too.  He might be the most feared person in this country.  It's hard to believe isn't it, in this once great country of the United States of America.  What a shame, what a mockery of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And yet, that is exactly the way it was in the days of the early church.  The kings, the rulers, the governors, wanted to extinguish the fire of Christianity in itís very early beginning.  Why we might ask?  Because it threatens people, it challenges them to live a moral life, and it calls for them to be accountable for their and us too, accountable for our actions.

 

        But we can do something about it.  We can speak up.  We must speak up, especially during this season of Lent. We are in an election year.  The candidates of both parties are trying to convince voters that have the answers to our dreadful situation of this country and the many problems that we face.  We must be very careful, and very sure of the one we want to lead us out of this mess.  We must be sure of the moral fiber, the life that each person lives out, and clarity, and the passion for our Constitution, religous freedoms, and security of this once great nation.  We must be sure that the person we elect is a team person and not just another "I" and "Me" person.  We must weigh each ones deeds rather than words, each ones character, the way that each one actually lives out the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

       Lent prepares us for what we are to become.  We strip away our old self, through prayer, sacrifice, fasting, and almsgiving;  through good works, good words, and kind deeds;  through helping and caring, and giving of self to others;  yes we strip away those coats of grey that cover us.  We scrape away the layers of dead skin that has accumulated over the past year or perhaps even our past life.  We scour ourselves down to the radiant persons we are to become, heirs of Godís Kingdom, and keepers of Godís world.  We have to do that for ourselves before we can hope for a change in those want to oppressed us.  We have to challenge them to do the same, even if it seems almost impossible.  Christianity is at stake.

 

   In the creed, we profess faith in a God of things ďseen and unseen; God of God, Light of Light, True God of True God.Ē  Todayís reading show us the bright like features of Jesus and then turn a mirror on us and proclaim, See, you too are Godís daughter, Godís son.  Prepare to accept who you are.Ē  Today, it was for Jesus.  Get ready this Lent, because we are next!

 

© Deacon Steve A. Politte

February 20th, 2016 (revised)

 

 

 

 

Into His Hands

 

Into Gods hands I place all of my treasures,
Knowing that he will take care of them forever.
All of my children my family and friends,
The list goes on it never does end.
Lifeís problems and sorrows, I place them all there,
Thankful to God for how much He loves me and cares.
Trusting, from my hands I gladly give,
Into Gods hands all the things that are His.
With love in my heart and peace in my soul,
I now can be happy for the things I no longer hold.
Into Gods hands I have placed everything,
While watching Him
work I see all the blessings He brings.
Letting go is not easy but God showed me I can,
For the things that I carry are to big for my hands.
Into Gods hands I humbly put mine,
Knowing that with Him, in my life Iíll be fine.


Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
March 2nd 2012

 

 

 

 

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