for Sunday, February 28, 2010
This Second Sunday of Lent is always about the Transfiguration of our Lord
Jesus. Something clearly happened to Jesus in the presence of these three
followers and they could not understand it at that time - but also kept
looking for its meaning. Only with the passage of time do they come to
understand Jesus as God, Jesus as the Son of Man, Jesus as the Redeemer.
We can be very much like those early followers of our Lord. We can find
ourselves professing faith but having lots of doubts. We can experience a
deep awareness of the divine and then deny it. We can be almost out of our
minds because of some deep religious experience and then think that it was
all illusion and craziness. These early followers of Jesus are fully
human, just as we are.
Lent is about coming to know the Lord more profoundly in our personal
lives and in the life of the Church. The first reading today, from the
Book of Genesis, tells us about Abram, who becomes our father in faith
Abraham. Genesis says that Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited
it to him as an act of righteousness. We need not think that Abram never
had doubts! We know that he could not always understand what God was doing
in his life - but even in his doubts, he trusted. That is part of the secret
of Lent for us: learning how to trust even when we doubt. This is not
easy to do.
We are invited in Lent first of all to profess faith in God and faith in a
God who loves us and who touches our lives. We know that God's plans are
not always our plans and so we can have a deep sense of trust in God even
when things are going along miserably. We can a deep awareness of His love
even when we find ourselves in hateful situations. Always doubt is there
to draw us deeper into faith.
Saint Paul guides us in the second reading, from the Letter to the
Philippians, telling us that we must live in this deep trust that
eventually God will glorify us so that our lowly body will conform to His
glorified body. This is the same type of promise that God gave to Abram
and we are invited to have the same kind of faith.
As we continue this journey in Lent towards Holy Week and Easter, we need
only meditate honestly on our own history, however short, to begin to
understand that God is with us always. May the Holy Spirit enlighten us
today so that we may understand the ways of God in our daily lives.
Readings of the day:
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