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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
1 Sunday of Lent
This is my beloved Son. Listen to him. The voice from the cloud tells us who Jesus is. Often we are confused in our own lives about who Jesus is for us. We get confused about what the Scriptures are trying to tell. We listen to the story of Abraham and sense his total dedication to God but recognize that our dedication is not that strong.
The first reading today, from the Book of Genesis, tells us about Abraham. It is clear that Abraham's faith is very strong and that he is willing to do whatever the Lord asks of him. What about our faith? Probably most of us would fail such a test. Does that mean we have no faith? No. We need only look at Saint Peter and how he denied Jesus three times, even though he did believe in him. Some of us may have the faith of Abraham and others more like that of Saint Peter. Or even something else.
Lent invites us to deepen our faith and so we are given the example of Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice even what was most dear to him. Lent invites us to learn more about sacrifice in our own lives. We can wonder what we would give up for the Lord and where we might draw a line and deny the Lord. Jesus dies for us. Are we willing to die for him? Jesus suffers for us. Are we willing to suffer for him?
We find in the Gospels the account of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemani. This shows us Jesus' own reaction to suffering and to the thought of death. Yet Jesus chooses to walk the Way of the Cross so that we might have life. The transfiguration comes beforehand, putting a spotlight on the true humanity of Jesus and inviting us to acknowledge this complete humanity and Jesus' own suffering.
We are not sure what happened to Jesus in the transfiguration. The Gospel accounts tell us that his clothes became white as snow. It is as though the divine comes straight through him and can be seen by Peter, James, and John. We still must remember that later Peter will deny him. But at this point, these three followers are witnesses to some special happening in which they begin to see that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets.
For us Christians who are not so familiar with the law and the prophets, this probably does not have as much meaning. For Peter, James, and John, this vision of Jesus as the fulfillment of the law and the prophets would have been personally transforming and deeply important.
We are invited to make Jesus the complete center of all of our faith. Jesus is the Son of God, the Son of the Father. Jesus gives meaning to every aspect of our life. Jesus invites us to share his relationship with His Father. Lent is about removing obstacles to our faith but also about choosing to let Jesus be the meaning of our lives. Let us walk in the light of the Lord. Just as Jesus is transfigured, may we be changed.
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