Ash WednesdaySecond Sunday of Lent

Intention: For a spirit of compassion and generosity among all who are able to share what they have with others, especially with those who are most in need.

 

Today’s Gospel | Mark 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.  Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.  Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!  Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.  Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”  Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.

A Lenten Reflection

Today’s Gospel speaks of an especially intense and revelatory experience of divine presence.  The Transfiguration shows how the power and glory of God was present not only in the person of Jesus but also as the person of Jesus.  It affirms the Incarnation as it depicts the meeting of God and humanity within the human condition.  Equally important, it also suggests in its setting that God is inviting all people to see and know his presence, not just as a miraculous event, but as a constant reality.  In this sense, this narrative can be viewed as a window into an understanding of the Lasallian mission.

In Grace for the Moment, author Max Lucado writes, “We are always in the presence of God.  There is never a non-sacred moment!”  Since its founding, the central practice in Lasallian spirituality has been the recollection of God’s presence.  In regard to Lasallian education, De La Salle made sure that the starting point for his schools would always be to place both teaching and learning within the context of God’s providence and will.  He realized that the end of human experience is that all people come to know God and experience redemption in him, and so then realized that education authentically done is a salvific act, and that schools authentically conducted are places of salvation.

Thus, the Lasallian mantra, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God,” may, in fact, be the best single statement of what is the substance and goal of the Lasallian mission.  To acknowledge and live our all-encompassing relationship with God is to learn the lesson that gives all other learning its character and purpose.  As this Lent continues, we might look at the ways that we regularly and reflectively recall God’s presence, and then discern how best to be its sign and sound to our world.

Prayer

Eternal Father, wherever lives are being healed and the world is being made whole, your Kingdom is present.  Cleanse our minds and purify our hearts so that we will see and hear the miracles that surround us.  Still our busy moments that we might notice you and, in that peace, find the seeds of your Kingdom within ourselves and within each other.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.