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Transfiguration of the Lord: Listen to Jesus! Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus is transfigured before their eyes, the disciples hear the voice of the Father, “This is my chosen Son, listen to him.” May we drawn near and take the Lord’s words to heart as well.

Mass Readings – The Transfiguration of the Lord

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2nd Sunday of Lent: Christ is our hope. Catholic Inspiration

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The Transfiguration reveals the glory of Jesus while on his journey to the Cross in Jerusalem. This glimpse of the Lord’s majesty provides hope, offering grace and strength to all who strive to carry their Crosses through this life.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Genesis 15:5-12,17-18

  • God promises that Abram’s descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
  • God makes a covenant with Abram and grants to his descendants a new land.

Psalm – 27:1,7-9,13-14

  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
  • We seek the Lord for courage and strength.

2nd Reading – Philippians 3:17-4:1

  • Paul invites the people to be imitators of his example, following the Cross of Christ.
  • We stand firm in the Lord, as we claim our citizenship in heaven.

Gospel – Luke 9:28b-36

  • Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where he is transfigured in glory.
  • A voice proclaims, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The glimpse of glory and the echo of the Father’s voice reinforced the faith of Peter, James and John. May we look for those moments in our lives when God’s grace illuminates our hearts and strengthens our resolve to follow Christ.

Mass Readings – Transfiguration of the Lord

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2nd Sunday of Lent: The hope of the Transfiguration. Catholic Inspiration

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The Transfiguration of Christ offers a glimpse of God’s glory on the way to the Cross. This moment – seeing Jesus as he reigns in Heaven – offers us hope as we carry our crosses, confident in the Lord’s victory.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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2nd Sunday of Lent: Making sacrifices for what we value

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Study:  Recall a sacrifice you have made recently.  What was it about this sacrifice that revealed your values and priorities?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to serve with your whole heart.  Pay attention to anything that is holding you back.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with priorities right now?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

What do you think is worth a personal sacrifice?  What would you be willing to give up for someone or something you believe in?

We learn a lot about ourselves by what we are willing to sacrifice.  Our values, personal convictions, and priorities all come into focus with the simple phrase:

Can I give that up?

We make sacrifices all the time.  Some are simple, others complex; some are demanding while others are the act of a moment.  Yet sacrifices reveal the depth of our hearts and our willingness to offer up our lives for something greater, something that we hold precious or valuable.

The thought that Abraham would be willing to offer up his only son – the child of God’s blessing to Sarah in her old age – strikes the modern hearer as barbaric and horrible.  It is a crime against nature: that the innocent could suffer such atrocity sounds more like something from Hell, not Heaven.

Yet Jesus Christ, innocent and without sin, will die a brutal death on the Cross…for us.  The atrocity that confronts us at Calvary reveals the value God places on our human souls – we are loved completely, entirely, and without thinking of the cost the Lord sacrifices his life to take our place for the evil we have done.

This is the power of the transfiguration in the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus, revealed in all his glory with Moses and Elijah, is God’s “beloved Son.”  Coming down from the mountain Peter, James, and John have no idea what lies ahead – they can only marvel at the awesome sight of Jesus as he stands in Heaven…the one who is honored for the sacrifice he makes.

Perhaps then, the real question for us pertains to those things to which we still cling.  What priorities and values do we place higher than Christ?  What is holding us back from embracing the Lord with all our heart?  I suggest considering the following thoughts:

  1. How does my use of TIME reveal my priorities?
  2. How does my use of MONEY reveal my values?
  3. How do I show the PEOPLE in my life that I love them?
  4. How do I live my faith in GOD each and every day?

And if there are things that are keeping me from God & others….

Can I give that up?

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Note: This post was first published on February 24, 2015.


The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Peter, James and John see Jesus in a moment of dazzling glory as the Lord prepares to journey on to Jerusalem for his Passion on the Cross. In our tough times may the Lord’s light shine on our hearts to encourage us to stay the course.

Mass Readings – The Transfiguration of the Lord


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.

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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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