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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,
D.Min., LMFT, AAPC

A Talk for the Second Sunday of Lent
February 21st, 2016

"My Chosen Son – Listen to Him"


“Life seems hard to bear, full of sorrow, trouble and woe, it’s then I have to remember that’s in the valley we grow. If I always stayed on the mountain top and never experienced pain, I would never appreciate God’s love and would be living in vain. I have so much to learn and my growth is very slow. Sometimes I need the mountain tops, but it's in the valleys I grow. Thank you for valleys, Lord, for this one thing I know, "the mountain tops are glorious but it’s in the valleys we grow.”. Peter, James and John had a mountain top experience with Jesus, who was transfigured before them. Keep in mind that before this great event of transformation happened, Jesus told his disciples who he was and the suffering that went with that identity, and what it implied for them. Peter wanted to stay on the mountain top, hence the suggestion of building three tents; but if they stayed on the mountain, what do you think would have happened?

The answer is ‘nothing’ – there would be no agony, suffering, death and resurrection, and we today would not, and could not do what we are doing. We need the mountain top experiences, so as to energize and spiritualize the valley experiences. “Then a cloud came and cast a shadow over them—remember Paul’s words -‘we see in a dark manner’. Then from the cloud came a voice that said,” this is my chosen Son; listen to him”.The transfiguration is seen as a foretaste of the glory of the resurrection. And the promise of Jesus raising us from the dead can and will be a source of strength and encouragement, as we ‘sojourn in the valley. Paul reminds us in the second reading that “our citizenship is in heaven.”

Our first reading from Genesis 15, we find God reminding Abraham, our father in faith, he will be blessed –‘count the stars if you can – just so shall your descendants be”. God reminds Abraham that He is the one who brought you to this land, and consequently is totally worthy of continued faith and trust; which is reflected in our responsorial psalm “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear?"

 

 



 

 

 
 

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