Lenten reflections 2018 - 02

 

 Second Sunday of Lent

 (Genesis 22: 1-18; Romans 8: 31-34; Mark 9: 2-10

`This is my Beloved........................... he enjoys my favour'

 

In the experience of the Transfiguration Jesus is enabled to make the journey to Jerusalem in the love declared by the Father, a journey that will cost him his life. In the story of the transfiguration Matthew shows us that Jesus is not just the one who is to suffer but that he is the beloved Son of God. Jesus is called in love - he is named and owned by the Father, and we are all directed to listen to him. Jesus, in the presence of God, completely given to Him, radiates God's glory. We become whom or what we gaze upon. As we persevere in our journey towards a more intimate relationship with God, we are enabled to face difficult decisions, secure in the knowledge that, we too, are loved and supported. When we hear our name called in love we can face our road to Jerusalem, whatever that pain may be.

 

Timothy says that we are called to a holy life and that holiness is not determined by how much we do but by how much grace we receive. The 'work' has already been done through the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have only to receive the grace that continues to pour forth from God's hand. Jesus taught that holiness is about inclusion, a teaching that upset many because holiness of this nature brings hardship to all who follow the principle of unity. Being holy, is about living out of the connectedness that is our fundamental reality. We cannot choose not to be connected. Genuine holiness connects us heart to heart, makes us aware of who we are - co-creators with the Holy One, responsible for choosing life and empowering one another.

 

Breath Prayer:

 I breathe in:‘Hear God say your name..................

 I breathe out:‘You are my beloved son/daughter’

 

 

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