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25th Feb. 2018 - Second Sunday of Lent B

posted 24 Feb 2018, 08:53 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B.& Hw.


(Scripture in Church, Nos: 153 & 165)

The word is concerned with people living on the edge. Is

there anywhere else to live, I ask myself? The word is

concerned with people living on the edge and supported by

faith. And faith makes all the difference. Abraham does

not waver despite his hopeless-seeming situation. Paul has

 a passionate faith in the support of Jesus Christ. Peter,

James and John glimpse the mystery of Christ. That

glimpse supports them through their darkest days. People

living on the edge and supported by faith!


So high on the mountain, Jesus' ordinariness is swallowed

up. The mystery and the wonder that is Jesus Christ shines

forth, is revealed and evident. In a flash, Jesus escapes the

limitations and constraints of body and flesh. The disciples

are completely mind blown, felled and amazed. They see

that the ordinary is extraordinary. Behind a body and

personality, undoubtedly gifted and special, but still -

ordinary and familiar, is something exceptional,

phenomenal in fact and deeply, deeply mysterious.


We are invited to pause. The Transfiguration invites us to

look, fix our gaze and discover the extraordinary in our

everyday lives. The poet, Patrick Kavanagh, puts it: to

rescue "the world beneath our noses." "Solidly based

phenomena are transformed by a shimmer of inner reality'

writes Seamus Heaney. And John Montague describes "the

landscape (as) a manuscript waiting to be read". The poet

help us to cope with the religious vision we experience in

receiving the inspired word. We look, reflect and pray

about this Lenten word which is full of gift, wonder and

mystery. That mystery which is the Christ is breaking out

all around us. In faith we see, hear, touch and feel a new

dimension in all our living. The feverish thinking about our

future and oh, so many things, gives way to vision. A

vision of the really real, of gift and value, the Christ.


So we let the Transfiguration event teach us to see behind

and beyond. Success, failure, sadness, life, death, behind

and beyond all human experience is a new risen life. The

Transfiguration invites us to experience that risen life even

now, in this our world with all its crooked lines. There will

be definitive transformation; but even now our lives are

transfigured by a living faith in Jesus Christ.


Let's learn to meditate, to access the 'behind' and the

'beyond'. Learn for example, to meditate on paper.

Drawing and writing are ways of meditating. As Thomas

Merton writes, "Learn how to contemplate works of art.

Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know

how to meditate not only when you have a book in your

hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding in a train

Above all, enter into the Church's liturgy and make the

liturgical cycle part of your life - let its rhythm work its way into

your body, and soul." (New Seeds of Contemplation)

Then we can live fully, even on the edge, supported by our

Christian faith and vision.