Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"This is my chosen Son; listen to him."

This Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, on this second week of our Lenten preparation, our Gospel presents us with the Transfiguration of the Lord. It is one of the New Testament's most mysterious and awesome visions related to us in the three synoptic Gospels (Mark 9:2-8; Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36).Our Discussion Questions will guide your Sunday Bible Study with family, friends and church groups.

From the Desert to the Mountain

The gospel reading last Sunday brought us to a ‘desert’ experience. Here, our Lord taught us the first lesson for Lent: By relying on God, faithfully adhering to his words and obeying Him, we can overcome all struggles and temptations. This Sunday, Luke brings us to a ‘mountain’ experience: the transfiguration of the Lord (Luke 9:28-36). Here, our Lord gives us another lesson in faith: We must keep faith in him, because he is God’s chosen son, in whom God’s redemptive plan is fulfilled.

What the Tranasfiguration Teaches Us

Of the Transfiguration experience we might ask ourselves: Why did God hide all the glory on Tabor, where no one other then Peter, James and John could witness? Why didn't God save it for the cross? Before light flows over us, we need to go through darkness. The transfiguration teaches us that God's brilliant life included death, and there is no way around it -- only through it. It also reminds us that the terrifying darkness can be radiant and dazzling.

On this second Sunday of Lent, let us look upon the Transfiguration as the presence of Christ, which takes charge of everything in us and transfigures even that which disturbs us about ourselves. Click here to view all the homilies we have compiled for this Second Sunday in Lent (Cycle C).

The Pope's Resigns

Of course, the big news in the Catholic world is that Pope Benedict is renouncing his office. At the same time, Ash Wednesday kicked off the season of Lent this week. And, in fact, Lent is a good time to pray for Pope Benedict and the upcoming conclave.

We have compiled a full resource on the pope's resignation and the other important events around our Catholic world in this week's issue of You can find them by clicking here.

Another eventful week in our Catholic World. Have a great and blessed new week.

Keep the Faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher & Editor in chief

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