“…return and go beyond the mind that we have by hearing the Voice of God which says to us: Listen to him. Listen to Jesus. Listen to the way that he teaches and follow him on this journey of Lent, with its climax in our participation in Good Friday and Easter, with its climax in our dying with Christ and being born again into life in God.”
– Marcus Borg
The readings for the second Sunday of Lent [A] can be found here.
If you would like better readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent you can find them here.
Ah yes, the Transfiguration. Biblical scholars will explain to you that the authors of Matthew were drawing parallels between the Temple in Jerusalem and Jesus, the new temple. The Jewish High Priest would bring a light into the Holy of Holies and now that the Temple of Jerusalem had been destroyed it was Jesus who shone with that light. This was fine for the Gospel writers because during that time the early Church understood the meaning as it was ingrained in them as part of their culture. We tend to take things literally today because we do not share the culture of those early Christians. How do we take that story of Jesus, which is not a literal historical account, and use it in our daly lives?
“We must carry the light of Christ with the witness of a genuine love.” “The Christian must be a luminous person who carries the light, a light that comes from one that his not his own, but a gift of God, a gift of Jesus. We carry this light forward!”
– Pope Francis I
Pope Francis I tells us to witness in love and allow that love to shine forth for all to see. In the news each day we read stories where the Catholic Church teaches hate under the guise of doctrine. If we are to really be transfigured with the light of Christ we must provide a witness through love.
This is the time in the liturgical season where we reflect and prepare for Easter. I ask you to meditate on what it means to be a witness of Christ’s love and consider those times when the love light did not shine as brightly.
Our friends at Yahoo Answers offered us 10 interesting facts about light. This may help us to think about light a little differently today. I found the list to be enlightening (pun intended).
– It can be invisible
– It has temperature
– It can be bent by gravity
– It helps us to see
– It can bounce
– Different colour light has different wavelengths
– Light is both a particle and a wave
– Light is a form of energy
– Light can refract, i.e. the wavelength changes when it moves between different media
– It comes in pretty handy when you need to finish your homework in the pitch black sky
In this homily is a challenge for us all: Listen to Jesus. The Gospel writers put those words in God’s mouth, but if we are going to carry the light of Christ forward, and witness love to our world, we need to listen to Jesus.
If you find yourself saying words like “Church Doctrine is the best witness against these worldly times” listen instead to Jesus. Did Jesus witness to any doctrine, or did he rather witness to love? When the doctrine of the day said it was right to treat the crippled poor beggar as a second-class person because his sins had caused his condition Jesus forgave his sins and healed his infirmity. When the doctrine of our day says it is right to deny communion to divorced and remarried people because they brought this upon themselves listen to Jesus. We could forgive their sins and welcome them back into full communion with the Church, for we have been transfigured with Christ and carry forth the the light and witness of God’s love.
Until we discover Jesus as the supreme living, revolutionary presence of love, who is as much the son of The Mother as he is of The Father, a sacred being who fuses the deepest knowledge of the transcendent with the passionate involvement of the earthly activist, we will continue to allow the churches to disfigure and rob Him of His true identity.
– Andrew Harvey
If you take one thing away from this homily it should be to listen to Jesus. If you see the transfiguration story as only belonging to Jesus you will miss out on the seeing the light in yourself and others. I know how much people hate to miss out, so act now.
It strikes me as a very wonderful, engaging, enticing adjective to describe God as alive, as on the move, as opening up a future, as full of beans, so to speak, as compared to the old, monarchical notion that is rather static.
– Sr. Elizabeth Johnson
There is a great line in the movie Caddyshack; just be the ball. Today we are asked to just be the light of Christ. Don’t think, only listen to Jesus and carry the light. God is alive and on the move. light is on the move also. I pray we continue to move toward opening a future where we listen to Jesus and witness to God’s love.