Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 28 A..D. 2010
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 reflection on today's Scripture:
So, we're all settled into our daily Lenten routine, right?
We've had twelve days to let the meaning of those ashes sink into our consciousness. By this time, I hope we're convinced that if we want to change the world around us, we have to change ourselves first. Lent is that precious time of the year when God has our attention! It's a time for us to talk more to God--about our needs--and for God to talk to us--about His plans for us.
This Sunday's readings are about two of the great encounters of God and humans. The first happened between God and Abraham hundreds of years before He appointed Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt. God hadn't yet changed Abram's name when He appeared to this great man of faith on his desert journey, and promised to make him great, with many descendants, and further promised him a vast tract of fertile land Abram could call his own. In this reading, we realize why we should feel so secure in trusting God to watch over own journey of faith. This ancient covenant of God with Abraham continues through all that followed, including the New Covenant of Jesus with us in His Body and Blood.
As long as we have faith! St. Paul tells the Philippians in the second reading that faith is more important than all the early Jewish practices and Jewish laws! It seems to me that therefore we should never fear change in our own Church laws and practices, as long as our faith and doctrine stays rock-firm.
The Gospel is about Jesus' dazzling transfiguration in the sight of Peter, James, and John, in which Jesus talks with Moses, the lawgiver, and Isaiah, the great prophet. Luke tells us that they discuss Jesus' coming "exodus" to Jerusalem, as well has His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Then, God the Father thunders His advice to the three apostles (as well as to us!): "This is my Chosen Son. Listen to Him!"
The only sure way we can change ourselves is by listening and meditating on the teaching of Jesus, through prayer, through deep thinking, through fasting, almsgiving--through works that follow on our faith. Flowing through each day from our faith is also the conviction that we must remember to reach out to God in love, and recognize Jesus' presence in everyone we meet.
Whatever the details or variations or times for doing all this, our new self that results from Lent will make God stand up and take notice, as He exclaims to His Mother, "Notice how different my daughter/my son is this Easter!"
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Second Sunday of Lent
Lives of the saints:
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