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FAITH BOOK

2nd Sunday of Lent (A) March 8, 2020

Genesis 12: 1-4a; Psalm 33; 2 Timothy 1: 8b-10; Matthew 17: 1-9

Jude Siciliano, OP

 

Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. “Faith Book” is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

 

From today’s Gospel:

 

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by Themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.... Behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

 

Reflection:

 

What the voice said at Jesus’ baptism ("This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleases....") is repeated on the mountain, "This is my beloved Son. My favor rests on him." But at the Transfiguration we also hear, "...listen to him."

 

During Lent we might resolve to be better listeners. To observe a kind of silence before we speak so as to listen better to those who speak to us in informal conversations, classes, political speeches, Sunday preachings, etc. For as the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins says:

for Christ plays in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

It’s not too late to make a Lenten resolution, to be attentive listeners to Christ who speaks to us in "ten thousand places."

 

So, we ask ourselves:

 

  • How can I practice a little more silence this Lent?

  • Where can I go to hear Christ speak to me?


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