• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 07 March 2020 14:41

2nd Sunday in Lent 2020 - The Transfiguration

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Second Sunday of Lent

 

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Readings: Genesis 12;1-4, Timothy 1:8-10, Matthew 17:1-9

Listen to Him

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150The Gospel reading of today speaks of the transfiguration of the Lord. Jesus’ appearance changed on the high mountain: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became dazzling white. Moses and Elijah were talking with him and all this was witnessed by Jesus’ three disciples: Peter, James and John. Not surprisingly, Peter blurts out his wonderful plan, “I’ll make three tents” he says, “one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah!” But his plan goes unnoticed, as a cloud surrounds them and they hear the proclamation from the Father, “This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.” Peter’s plans were not God’s plans, for God wanted him to listen.

Quite often we too have wonderful plans; plans to make our lives better, plans for a safe and healthy lifestyle for our family, plans to have a comfortable and well sourced retirement, plans to give good and valued education to our children, and so on. And many of these plans are genuine and worth it. The challenge is, are we too immersed in planning our life and fail to live and cherish life? Are we too busy putting the things away for tomorrow, and fail to make use of them today? We see the panic buying around us these days, don’t we?

Our loving God invites us today to listen. Listen to what is going on around us. Listen to the voice of the voiceless. Listen to the cries of those who have not. Listen to the people struggling with trauma. Listen to the subtle voice of God in our busy life. Listen Deeply says Mrs Wallace in her book while talking about the need of the Aboriginal people of our country. Let us listen; stop and listen and respond accordingly.

We do need plans, we do need to put things away for tomorrow, we do need to do this and that, but let us not spend our lives just planning and putting away, rather listen and live our life today, here and now. For, as we hear in the second reading, “God has saved us and called us to be holy - not because of anything we ourselves have done, but for his own purpose and by his own grace.” Let us embrace this grace, listen to God, and go forth, like Abram, without worrying and planning too much for tomorrow. God will look after us, if we can listen to God’s voice.

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