Sunday, March 12, 2017

When you are sick all week, sometimes you just adjust a past homily and run with it

CH-CH-CH-Changes! Turn and face the strain, Changes!
Don’t want to be a richer man – just gonna have to be a different man! Changes!
The incomparable David Bowie.
Yes, we all know about change because each of us have experienced both simple and significant changes throughout our lives. So many changes!  We just changed our clocks; springing forward! We have experienced both happy and pleasant changes, like when I became a grandpa, and challenging changes, like my recent changes at work, navigating a bank conversion . And changes can be sad, like when I lost my mom a few years back.  By the way today would be her 95th birthday. Still change happens!
As people of faith, we are called to change; to be a different man and to change our hearts and be more like Jesus!
So we find ourselves at this second Sunday of Lent; a time where we are building anticipation for the change we will experience. To help us prepare for change, the Church always gives us on this particular Sunday, the Gospel of the Transfiguration. This year we hear the Transfiguration from the pages of the Gospel of Matthew. But why the Transfiguration today; why a moment of profound change now? Because just like Lent prepares us for the coming passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Transfiguration does the same exact thing. Jesus knows that great change is coming soon, and the Transfiguration will help his Apostles and his friends, endure the days to come. Today’s Gospel passage marks great change in the ministry of Jesus Christ. It is now time for his Lordship to be revealed. On a very high mountain, with Peter, James and John along for the journey, Jesus is present with the two great Old Testament figures of Moses & Elijah as He reveals His true glory as God! A moment of great change; Jesus at the Transfiguration is glorified; Son of Man and Son of God the Father!
And this great moment of change, is truly a moment of Trinitarian glory. Jesus, truly present as fully human and fully divine with the Holy Spirit, in the form of a cloud, and God the Father, speaking those powerful words: This is my beloved Son, listen to Him!
This Transfiguration, this great moment of change, is used by Jesus to prepare others for pending great change. By giving a glimpse of His divinity to Peter, James and John, He hopes to give them courage and perseverance for the day when Jesus will ascend another high mountain, the Mount of Calvary. And on that day, and the days to follow, the greatest change indeed will come.  Their world, our world, the world will never be the same!
So we see that Lent, and the Transfiguration is a time of change and preparation. Today is a very good day to be here, to discuss our Lenten journey and ask ourselves, will I really use this Lent to change; to really change?
For Lent, have I made a commitment to give up something? If so, am I doing so with joy? Do I understand why I do this?
Have I made a decision to do something kind or generous for another? If so, am I doing so with joy? Do I understand why I do this?
For us here at St. Jane have I visited the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Lent?  We have multiple times available throughout the week. If not, make a plan to do so soon!
Have I attended the Stations of the Cross? Here at St. Jane, we have Stations every Friday 7 PM. Come to Stations of the Cross!
Do I plan to attend our Lenten Parish Mission; an opportunity to learn more about our need to change?  The Mission begins next Monday after the weekend Masses introducing the Mission. 
In the week ahead, can I make a commitment to pray the Rosary, perhaps the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday, one of the mysteries being the Transfiguration? Or perhaps I can pray with today’s Scripture and reflect on my own need to change!
And perhaps we can remember this prayer that God placed before me from a parishioners Facebook post:
"Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.
Yes, it might be our time to face the strain, to be the different man, to change our heart.
CH-CH-CH-Changes; it’s time to change!

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