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Inside of a Castle

March 5, 2023

2nd Sunday of Lent

FOCUS:  We will one day share in the glory of the Lord.

The true and full identity of Jesus is revealed in the great moment of the Transfiguration. This revelation shows us that the Father has entrusted to him the salvation of the world. We see the glory of the Lord upon Jesus, and understand that we are meant to share that when the fullness of the kingdom is at hand.

What's in Your Heart

  • Has anyone been “transfigured” before your eyes—that is, has someone done or said something that in a flash changed the way you viewed them?

  • Has some unexpected act of kindness—or cruelty—had a dramatic impact on the way you look upon a person? Or perhaps simply a flash of insight that revealed an entirely new dimension of a person’s character?

  • Are there ways you actively cultivate your level of awareness so as to make these moments of insight and transformation possible?

Homily Stories

I always felt sorry for Dorothy at the end of The Wizard of Oz. She tried so hard to share the wonders of her adventure, and all she got from her Auntie Em and others were bemused stares. "Sure, sure," they said. "You got bumped on the noggin and your imagination went wild."

Too bad someone didn't warn her, as Jesus warns Peter, James, and John in this week's gospel, "Do not tell the vision to anyone." I know how Dorothy must have felt. In junior year of high school, I went on a retreat that was life-changing. We became aware of our own spiritual depth and the surprising depth of the goofy buddies we thought we knew so well. Like the apostles, we had a fresh experience of God.

And then we got home. I couldn't wait to tell my family what I'd seen, heard, and felt. But they hadn't been on retreat. They'd been washing dishes, mowing the lawn, paying bills, and worrying what to fix for dinner. And so my words failed. I began to wonder if it was all just a crazy dream. Through my own experience, I've come to know that Jesus wasn't afraid his followers were going to let some special secret out of the bag. He was warning them that talking about something so sacred, so soon, wouldn't deepen the experience. It would make it seem to fade away.


First Reading

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Second Reading

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Video Reflection


O Father, Son and Spirit Blest, with hearts transfigured by your grace, may we your matchless splendor praise and see the glory of your face.
Breviary Lauds hymn on the Feast of the Transfiguration

To heal divisions, to relieve the oppress'd, In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless'd.
The Odyssey

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
Arab proverb

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