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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Second Sunday of Lent - The Transfiguration

The Second Sunday of Lent
The Transfiguration
March 20, 2011
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Why did God make us? Those who remember the Baltimore Catechism will quickly respond, “God made us to know, love and serve Him and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” So our ultimate destination is Heaven.

This Sunday, the second of our Lenten journey, we hear the Gospel of Matthew 17:1-9 (Luke 9:28-36, Mark 9:2-10), the Transfiguration of Our Lord. “Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light....a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him."” (Matthew 17:1-2, 17:5)

As a Catholic, we believe that if we remain faithful, what happened to Jesus in the Transfiguration will happen to us one day. In heaven our bodies will be transformed, the Father will call us beloved in whom He is well pleased, and we will hear the wonderful words, “Well done my good and faithful servant…Come, share your master’s joy.” (Matthew 25:23)

Why did God make us? What is the meaning of our life? What is the loving plan of the Father for each of us? Today is the Lord’s Day, a good time to pray, contemplate these questions and "listen to Him." (Matthew 17:5)

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