February 25, 2018: Second Sunday of Lent
Catholic Social Teaching: Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Read about St Oscar Romero’s theology of the Transfiguration with Catholic Social Teaching
First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm: 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Second Reading: Romans 8:31b-34
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
Catechism of the Catholic Church
From the day Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Master “began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things. . . and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Peter scorns this prediction, nor do the others understand it any better than he. In this context the mysterious episode of Jesus’ Transfiguration takes place on a high mountain, before three witnesses chosen by himself: Peter, James and John. Jesus’ face and clothes become dazzling with light, and Moses and Elijah appear, speaking “of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem”. A cloud covers him and a voice from heaven says: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”(554)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
With the unceasing amazement of those who have experienced the inexpressible love of God (cf. Rom 8:26), the New Testament grasps, in the light of the full revelation of Trinitarian love offered by the Passover of Jesus Christ, the ultimate meaning of the Incarnation of the Son and his mission among men and women. Saint Paul writes: “If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?” (Rom 8:31-32). Similar language is used also by Saint John: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:10). (30)
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Our actions do not initiate God’s love, but only affirm the Divine design. An act of acquittal, where in our hesitancy to accept pure gift, we tremble as if condemned, ignoring intercessions from the one who is at the right hand of God. Are we stuck on the mountain of spiritual reveling not acknowledging God spared his own Son for us, for we wish to remain in a place of comfort aloof from secular reality? A process of compartmentalizing faith by the law, prophets and salvation to fail seeing the connectedness of each aspect. How many times prophetic voices become shuttered as controversial, challenging continuous so we leave them in their own tent instead of engaging in dialogue to better understand their paradigm in the broader context of faith and life? In essence, a failure to realize God’s beloved Son, the fulfillment of the prophets materialized if we only listen to Him as the Father requested. In Jesus alone, the law chiseled in stone from the revelation to Moses, is not abolished but again materializes into fulfillment. Our fulfillment of living with Jesus only manifests when we see Jesus proclaiming God’s fullness of revelation when we traverse cushy vistas of mountain top holiness, to authentically live the spiritual reality in the world. A place not isolated from secular encounters, shying from the tough debates, distancing instead of encountering all humanity as Jesus lived to faithfully leave the mountain of transfiguration for the bustle of Jerusalem and reality of the cross. Only then is rising from the dead possible, for death transpires, life shrivels away when we fear the path descending from the mountain to fully entering lives of faith in all Jesus teaches, offers and desires for us, pure love, pure grace. It is there we walk in the land of the living as servants offering praise and thanksgiving from experiencing the transfiguration, bedazzlement of faith while never looking back to what we previously treasured and possessed us..
Individual Reflection: Mark 9:2-10
Initiate plastic recycling at your parish to celebrate Earth Day, as we care for God’s creation::
Family Reflection: Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Fast from using plastic this Lent. Learn about the impact of plastic pollution and ways your family can contribute less to plastic pollution degrading God’s creation:
Prayer: A week of prayers for Lent from USCCB
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Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
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How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born February 21, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.