• 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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Friday, 26 February 2021 08:07

2nd Sunday in Lent - 2021

Written by Fr. Larry Nemer SVD

Fr Larry Nemer SVD 150The disciples in their early years of preaching must have spoken often about the experience that Peter, James and John had on the mountain when Jesus was praying. Fifty years later they were still telling the same story about the transfiguration when the three Gospels were written. The writers of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) all tell the same story with only a few minor variations, e.g. Luke is the only one who mentions that Peter, James and John fell asleep when Jesus started praying and then suddenly woke up to see the transfigured Jesus. It is no wonder they would have told this story again and again. Jesus had died such an ignominious death that they had to remind themselves often that God had not abandoned Jesus at the end of His life. Moses and Elijah talked with Jesus about the death he would suffer and why it “had” to be so. And the Father confirmed that Jesus was indeed His Son no matter how much it didn’t look that way. Jesus was so taken up with this experience that He didn’t realize for that brief short time that He was transfigured. His divinity and His trust in God radiated not only in His face but in His entire being.
We, the followers of Jesus, are reminded every second Sunday of Lent that no matter how difficult things become for us, God is always with us. We will have inner moments of transfiguration, not visible to anyone else, but moments when we knew that God has confirmed His love for us. A feeling of peace and a trust in God settle within us. We cannot hold on to it, any more than Jesus was able to hold on to His experience of the transfiguration, but like the Apostles we have to remind ourselves of those moments when God confirmed the love He has for us. This can help us understand why so many martyrs went to their death singing the praises of God.
I have often seen people have this experience of transfiguration during a Retreat. But most dramatically I saw it in one person in London. Shortly after I arrived there in late 1998 I had a phone call from a friend. She wondered if I could come and visit her friend who was dying of motor neuron disease. She and her husband had been very active Catholics. I asked them when was the last time they could attend Mass. They said: six months ago. I asked them if they would like a Home Mass that afternoon. They had bread and wine, a candle and a bible in their home and so we had a Home Mass. Marge, the woman involved, cried throughout the Mass. We were able to communicate afterwards and she said that she was afraid of dying. And so we talked about the mystery of dying and our beginning to live our eternal life with God.
Three months later Marge’s husband phoned to tell me that Marge would probably not live out the week and he asked if I could come and celebrate a Home Mass with them again. When I got there I met their daughter and son. Marge was confined to a bed by that time, and so the bed became our altar. Her husband and children were touching and caressing Marge throughout the Mass. When I gave Marge Holy Communion. I could see that her face was brilliant. She lit up the whole room. There was no longer any pain or fear in her face. She was transfigured. It was as if she had already started living her eternal life with God. When I was leaving, I said to her: Marge, I am almost jealous of you. The joy and peace she felt at that moment was palpable to all of us. I wonder if that is what Jesus felt at that moment of His transfiguration.
We too are often offered by God such moments of transfiguration. We end up with a deep conviction of God’s love for us. That moment brings peace to our hearts. We cannot hold on to those moments of our transfiguration, but this Sunday in Lent reminds us of how important it is to remember those experiences. It was important for the disciples to never forget the transfiguration Jesus experienced. It is important for us never to forget our experiences of the transfigurations in our lives.

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