Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 4, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
Philippians 3:17—4:1 or 3:20—4:1
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
We're definitely launched into the discipline of Lent. We're getting more accustomed to looking ahead to some special spiritual practice we've planned for the day like joining with a friend to visit a nursing home, or a friend who has lost a family member. Lent provides endless opportunities if we look for them. Hopefully, we're within reach of a Mass celebrated at a time that fits our schedule. Daily Mass is really the crown of Lenten practice—the sacred liturgy focuses our minds on the Word, nourishes our whole person in Eucharist, and gives joy and purpose to the whole day.
Our readings today are about two frightening "cloud" experiences. Abram (not yet called Abraham) is undergoing a test from God before he receives extensive land in covenant. The sacrifice is prepared, and he is awaiting divine action in consuming the split animals. Abram becomes frightened as a cloud plunges him in darkness for several hours. After a fiery torch passes through the sacrifice, God completes His promise.
The Gospel is about the "high places" in our journey, pointing to light and resurrection. Notice how afraid Peter, James, and John are when they see Jesus transfigured in light. Jesus seems at home in the glory of Tabor, talking with Moses and Elijah, both of whom had experienced light in their encounters with God on earth. The great Lawgiver and the great Prophet talk to Jesus who is the Law, to Jesus who fulfills all prophecy.
If we're really serious about Lent, we'll take the Transfiguration experience as Jesus intended. As He taught a lesson in patience and hope to Peter, James, and John, so He teaches us to listen and wait, to grow in Truth that we may help lead others into the light right here and right now.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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