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Second Sunday of Lent

February 24, 2013

JMJ

Blessed little Easter!

Entrance Antiphon:
Of You my heart has spoken: Seek His Face.
It is Your Face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not Your Face from me.

Collect:
O God, who have commanded us
to listen to Your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray,
to nourish us inwardly by Your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure,
we may rejoice to behold Your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 (God promises Abram to give him the land of Canaan)
Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation”
Philippians 3:17-4:1 (if we keep our citizenship in Heaven, even our bodies will be glorified)
+Luke 9:28-36 (the Transfiguration)

Our Father stands upon the mountain,
bids us look
where He is pointing,
strong, courageous
through the pain
to our reward.

He bids us take the longer vision
through the path of suffering:
the “walk of death”
between the bodies of the beasts,
the years of slavery here below,
the painful exodus
upon the rugged Cross.

He points beyond
to future glory
when the test is safely passed
…to when the land is ours
and we’re like Him.

We cannot always stay
within this moment
on this mountaintop of light.

But we must keep its mem’ry
in our hearts
and burning bright.

The pain will try to snatch it from us,
turn our sights to earthly aids,
to make us enemies of Christ
and of His Cross
(as if our bellies could be gods
and rescue us!).

We are the citizens of Heaven.
Let’s go Home!

What helps you to get out of yourself and get the bigger picture?
What are you most looking forward to in Heaven?

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