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LENTEN REFLECTION for the second Sunday of Lent, 2014 READINGS: Genesis 12:1-4a; Second Letter of St.

Paul to Timothy 1:8b-10; Gospel of St Matthew 17:1-9 This Sundays readings remind us of that journey we must take as we live out our personal mission on this earth. At times our travel is energizing and motivating. At other times, the way becomes monotonous and wearying as we cross deserts. At times along the road, we experience deep suffering because of loss, failure, conflict and disappointment in ourselves or in others. At other times pure ecstasy is ours and the journey is full of light and love. At times we rise to great heights and stand glorying in the Creator of this vast and beautiful world. At other times we find ourselves lost in a wooded area lacking orientation, direction and most painful of all, a sense of God. REFLECTION Todays readings shed light on journeying through that Passion which leads to the Resurrection and our own transfiguration. Abrams journey and mandate to find a new homeland for his people required faith and trust. The mountaintop transfiguration of Christ before his Disciples gave them a wonderful but fearful Trinitarian experience which must be lived out in secret. Both vignettes invite us to reflect on our own responses to the events and relationships of our life-journey, the road which takes us closer to the suffering Jesus and to that day when we too will enjoy a new homeland with the glorified Jesus. Who illumines our path? How will the journey transform and transfigure us? The advice to Abram and the three disciples offers insights. In the first reading, Abram had a ready ear for the Lords command to make the journey and establish a nation. He went as the Lord directed him. He was attentive to the urgings; his trust was strong and his ears were ever open to the Lords voice. When Peter, James and John saw the magnificence of the transfigured Jesus with Moses and Elijah, the impulsive Peter immediately appreciated the grace of the moment but sadly proposed action rather than cherishing this moment of contemplation. Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. But building sacred places was not for this encounter and this precious time. This was the time for delighting in the Lord. Then, from the cloud came the voice of the Father praising the Son and directing them to listen to Jesus. When the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus. Jesus is our guide and mentor, the way, the truth and the life of our journey. Let us listen well so that we will hear God and keep our eyes on Jesus walking in trust with the Light of the World. PRAYER: I thank you, Jesus, for the many ways you have blessed me on my journey. I thank you for the joys and the sorrows, the successes and failures which have helped me seek you in faith and to hear your voice guiding me. I am grateful for the many ways you have sent others to walk with me. Keep me ever alert to your presence in all the events and relationships of my journey. I ask that you illumine my path and transform me in love so that I may draw others to you. PRACTICE: Select one difficult experience or suffering in your life which turned out to be a blessing because in faith you followed the Lords map for the journey. Trace this transfiguration from suffering to resurrection. Be grateful!