Second Sunday of Lent- 2020

Written on: March 4, 2020

First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4A
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1: 8b -10
Gospel:Matthew 17:1-9

Lent is our journey from this place ….to where…? to what…?

Is this journey one of asking for God’s favor on our community…?, our country…?, our world…?

Abraham is promised to be the father of a great nation and a model of blessings for all other nations IF he obediently goes forth “to a land that I will show you.” He listened and followed this inspiration, trusting in God’s favor of blessing.

How many times are we inspired? Do we dwell on the thought or insight and follow through with a plan or action that brings help and hope to someone or something?

Or are we frightened by what the effort calls forth in us?

What inspires us this Lent?

We are beloved by God as a “temple of God” where the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have come to make a dwelling place. We can hold within us the beginning of an insight or inspiration, which if listened to is the start of something wonderful. When we break-through and follow these inspirations we may experience transformation…..  even for a little while.

Christ was transfigured before Peter, James, and John; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Moses and Elijah also appeared speaking with Christ.

Wanting to capture that moment, Peter suggests a tent for each. But, a bright cloud and a voice frighten the apostles and they fall prostrate in fear.  But Jesus touched them, saying “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

If we can follow inspirations that may come to us at times…. perhaps an unexpected request will arise.  How do we respond to that urgent need? What is our response?  Listen to the Father saying: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Rise, and do not be afraid.

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Submitted by Sr. Maureen O’Hara

Feature photo courtesy of: Johannes Plenio/Unsplash

8 thoughts on “Second Sunday of Lent- 2020

  1. Pat Mirabile says:

    Thank you for your beautiful thoughts sister Maureen! The transfiguration is such an incredible concept. Jesus, who is about to undergo his passion, was seeking to console his disciples by showing them his glorified body so is to dispel their fears! What kind of love is this! Thank you again sister Maureen for your beautiful thoughts!

  2. Michael McClure says:

    Thank you Sister Maureen. Your reflections have given me a lot to think (Is that the right word?) about.

  3. Joan McElwain says:

    Thanks Maureen for the wonderful reflection.

  4. Patsy Geary says:

    At first, they were afraid. Did they fear because they weren’t ready to share in the glory they had seen?
    Jesus told them not to fear. Hope!

    Thank you, Maureen, for the reminder.

  5. Janet says:

    Thanks Sr. Maureen. I like this Lenten approach Listening to God’s prompts and making the effort to follow through. Giving up chocolate was just never a success story.

  6. greynun says:

    So grateful for your words of encouragement, Maureen. Taking time to focus on what inspires me helps me to stretch a bit more beyond my comfort zone.

  7. Barbara Schiavoni says:

    Thank you Maureen for your very meaningful reflection. It is good to be reminded that God continually invites us to deeper relationship and that Jesus walks with us as we put our faith into action.

  8. Ellie Martinez says:

    Thank you Maureen for encouraging us to reflect on what truly inspires us.

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