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2nd Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration gives us hope to carry on. Catholic Inspiration

The Transfiguration of Jesus offered three apostles a sign of hope as they journeyed on to Jerusalem where the Lord would be crucified. This moment of glory strengthened their faith to face the coming test of suffering and hardship, showing us that God gives us what we need to carry on.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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2nd Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration of the Lord

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Study: Consider a time when you experienced the Lord’s presence.  How did the experience help you live your life?

Pray: Are you facing a tough time right now?  Ask the Lord for courage, strength and wisdom.

Serve:  How can you help someone see the “big picture” as they work through their challenges?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

This week the Gospel of Matthew shows the transfiguration of Jesus.  Having brought Peter, James and John up the mountain, the Lord is revealed in his heavenly glory – surrounded by Moses and Elijah – as the Father’s voice booms out: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him!”

For a brief moment the disciples see Jesus as he stands in Heaven.  Together with great figures from salvation history, Jesus displays the power and authority he has as the Son of God.  It is inspirational, terrifying, awesome and mighty.

It’s also very brief.

The moment fades, and the fear experienced by the disciples passes away as the Lord tells them not to be afraid, but rather to tell no one of the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.

There are times in life when we face tremendous obstacles, challenges that test us to the extreme.  In the midst of difficulty we sometimes get a short reprieve – a moment where we can pause, step back, and see the big picture – so that we can keep our perspective and understand why we do what we do.

The transfiguration is one of those short pauses where the three disciples gain an insight into who Jesus is and what he must accomplish.  As we engage the struggles of our lives, may we experience moments of God’s presence, empowering us to keep going in the face of adversity.

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Note: This post was first published on March 6, 2017.


The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The transfiguration of the Lord reveals the glory and power of Jesus to three of his disciples. The revelation is given to prepare them for the struggles to come, reminding us that God often gives us special graces to meet new challenges.

Mass Readings – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

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2nd Sunday of Lent: Consoled and challenged by the Transfiguration. Catholic Inspiration

The Transfiguration of Jesus reveals the Lord’s divine glory and majesty in the presence of Peter, James and John.  This glory offers us the consolation of hope in eternal life, while at the same time challenging us to carry our crosses as we follow the example of Christ.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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2nd Sunday of Lent: A mountain top experience

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Study:  Describe a moment when you felt that God was particularly near.  How did you react?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for an open heart to recognize and understand Christ’s presence in your life.

Serve:  Do you have a prompting right now to help another?  Is there something or someone in need of your aid?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Have you ever had a first hand experience of God’s grace?  An encounter or perhaps a moment when you felt particularly close to the Lord?  For some people, even talking about the experience can seem awkward if not downright difficult.  We know in our hearts that something profound and beautiful happened, but how do we share it?  How do we communicate our personal event to another?

Abraham, Peter, James and John had an experience that would reshape their lives.  Abraham believed in God and forged a covenant of faith.  The three apostles went up the mountain with Jesus and came down dazzled by the sight of Moses and Elijah speaking with Christ as the Father’s voice thundered in their hearts.

Did it change them?  Yes!  Did it have a powerful impact on their lives and through them on others?  Absolutely.  Are these types of experience essential to follow the Lord?  Of course not.  But when they come they bring the potential to reshape how and why we live.

Some people are blessed with a “mountaintop” experience of faith.  They encounter the Lord in a life changing way and rewrite the script of their life to follow a new direction.  Others faithfully follow the path that is set before them, trusting in the God’s guidance to direct their steps down a well marked road.

While every person will have great or small moments of grace, perhaps today we might consider how the Lord is speaking to us.  What are the signs, circumstances, situations, and people that help us recognize the presence of Jesus Christ?  How might we adjust our vision to see God at work in our hearts?

The Lord continues to speak in our world.  May we listen!  Christ’s grace continues to change lives.  May we see it!  As we continue to embrace the season of Lent we open our hearts and ask for the wisdom to comprehend how God is present.  May our response be filled with a lively faith as we follow Jesus!

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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Note: This post was first published on February 15, 2016.


Daily Mass: Transfigured glory before the Cross of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus is transfigured in heavenly glory before some of the disciples, and then he reminds them of the suffering and death that await him on the Cross.  Both of these elements help us to understand how we confront the grim challenges of life with a real and powerful hope.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 6th Week of the Year

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2nd Sunday of Lent: Special graces for the journey. Catholic Inspiration

Peter, James and John had a profound experience on the mountain, and Abraham encountered an angel in his test of faith.  Both experiences were graces that came at different points of their journey through life.  As we follow the Lord through the regular practice of our faith may we take to heart any special graces we receive as gifts from God to continue on our path.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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