Second Sunday of Lent
Peter, James and John are given the opportunity to see and hear Jesus differently, not just through the eyes and ears of the world but also through the eyes and ears of faith. What they see and hear is terrifying, awesome and wonderful.
Abraham is asked to see and hear his life differently, not just through the eyes and ears of the world but also through the eyes and ears of faith. For Abraham what he sees and hears is terrifying, awesome and incomprehensible. Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac. This seems to go against everything God has promised Abraham. It seems to go against everything that God is. It is a request that had to be overwhelming and terrifying for Abraham but one that called on the faithfulness of his relationship with God. It would be Abraham's faith that spared Isaac’s life sending him and his family on the journey of a lifetime.
For Peter, James and John things are a little different. They are gifted with God's presence it is a presence that too is overwhelming and terrifying. They encounter the breath of God's covenant and the essence of Jesus divine nature. They want to hang on to both but quickly learn that they cannot. It is an encounter to be remembered, an encounter that they can take with them as they return to the life they live. It becomes for them an encounter of hope. Even though they must return to their everyday life, to the struggles, difficulties, the challenges, even though they must go back down the mountain and continue their journey to the next mountain, Calvary, they have this memory that will keep alive the hope they need no matter what they encounter. This encounter with God and their faith will take them on the journey of a lifetime!
And so it is for us as we continue this journey of Lent, this journey of life. We too have an encounter with the presence of God. It perhaps doesn't seem as terrifying or as awesome as Abraham's or Peter, James and John's. It sometimes is quickly forgotten but if we have faith it is the very hope that will help us continue this journey with all its struggles, with all it difficulties, with all its challenges. Our encounter with God is the Eucharist. It is our covenant, it is our mountain top, it is our moment to see and hear God not through the eyes and ears of the world, but through the eyes and ears of faith! It is our moment to once again begin a journey of a life time!
Have a blessed Sunday everyone and may the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be always in our hearts!
- Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P., - St. Vincent Strambi Residence