February 25: Second Sunday of Lent
Amy Hoover

Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Romans 8:31b-34
Mark 9:2-10

As I reflected on today’s readings, the stories commonly known as the Testing of Abraham and from the Gospel of Mark the Transfiguration of Jesus, I was very curious about what would surface and what I could possibly have to share about these well know scriptures. As tends to happen, I was surprised.

First I reflected how Abraham’s story has been a troubling story for prayer recently for some on retreat. People question how God could put Isaac through that, let alone Abraham and does God really test us? Sometimes the conversation comes around to me asking “What if God isn’t testing Abraham because God needs to know of his devotion but because Abraham needs to understand how devoted he (Abraham) is to God?” Could it be the testing was for Abraham?



Then I reflected on the Transfiguration and a similar idea occurred to me. Sure, Jesus’ transfiguration was witnessed by the disciples but I wonder if Jesus somehow “needed” this validation, the affirmation from from God to bolster his courage for what was to come? Some may think this idea is crazy, I don’t know. But if Jesus was fully human, could he not have had doubts and questions along the way? I think so. How wonderful of the Father to reach out and affirm him.

Next, I was reminded how important it is for us to share our faith stories with one another. I often tell participants on a group retreat that sometimes we need to share our stories for ourselves. We need to hear ourselves and we need others to validate our experiences of God. Other times though, others may need to hear our experiences to see God from a different perspective or catch a different image of God. What a gift it is to share our experiences and images of who God is. It can only help in our understanding of the mystery that is the Divine. Suddenly my reflection was about the invitation and grace of seeing different perspectives.

Lastly, I realized that this idea of sharing stories was in contradiction to the scripture when Jesus “charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone. . .” . That caught my attention and I started to pause until I read on “. . . except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.” There is an implication here that the Resurrection would give/does give meaning to the stories. The Resurrection would add to the depth and understanding of the stories. I think that was true then, and it is true now.
So my questions for reflection today are:

When have we found fruit in sharing our stories with another or listening to the stories on another?

How does the Resurrection give meaning or invite a different perspective to our life stories?

by: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/022518.html






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PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

We keep the coming feast of the Lord through deeds, not words - Saint Athanasius
Christ offered himself for us - St. Fulgentius of Ruspe
"Interview between Jesus and Nicodemus" - Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
Christ is the way to the loght, the truth and the life - Saint Augustine

Christ the high priest makes atonement for our sins - Origen, priest
All human activity is to find its purification in the paschal - Gaudius et Spes
The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came ... - St. Leo the Great
Christ and Moses - St. John Chrysostom
God's Invitation
How to find time in the day for Lent
Lent through the lens of grace
Lent: repent - Saint Clement, pope





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