Listen to him. 

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

We continue the first part of Lent, during which we learn, along with those preparing for Baptism, wonderful lessons in our faith. 

We can feel the rhythm developing.  Sunday is always our celebration of the Lord's resurrection, and establishes our theme for the week.  Wednesdays and Fridays remind us of our commitment to a change of heart.  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday re-introduce us to wonderful scriptures for our journey.  Saturday is always uplifting and joyful.

The Opening Prayer of the Liturgy each day continues to guide our prayer.  As we experience how simple these prayers are, and how easy they are to make our own, we find ourselves praying together in the same Spirit, with one another on this journey, around the world.

O God, who have commanded us 
to listen to your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray,
to nourish us inwardly by your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure,
we may rejoice to behold your glory.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 

Today's Reading

Daily Meditation: 

Listen to him. 

It is wonderful to begin this week 
acknowledging that we need God's help in listening and hearing. 
It is so powerful to ask for the "gift of integrity" - 
to express our desire for wholeness. 
And, we humbly ask for light in the midst of whatever 
might "shadow our vision." 

This is the God who allows Jesus 
to be transfigured before his disciples, 
to prepare them for what they were about to face. 
This is our God, who can give each of us 
the change of heart we ask for.

O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant;
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
Psalm 116

 

Intercessions: 

Let us praise our loving Redeemer, who gained for us this season of grace, 
and pray to him, saying: 
   Lord, create a new spirit in us.

Christ, our life, through baptism we were buried with you and rose to life with you, 
 - may we walk today in newness of life.
 

Lord, you have brought blessings to all mankind, 
 - bring us to share your concern for the good of all. 

May we work together to build up the earthly city, 
 - with our eyes fixed on the city that lasts for ever. 

Healer of body and soul, cure the sickness of our spirit, 
 - so that we may grow in holiness through your constant care.

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God, 
there is so much darkness in my life 
and I hide from you. 
Take my hand 
and lead me out of the shadows of my fear. 
Help me to change my heart. 
Bring me to your truth 
and help me to respond to your generous love. 
Let me recognize the fullness of your love 
which will fill my life. 
Free me from the darkness in my heart.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen.

 
 
Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Lent – the season of joyful transformation

Where does it lead?

Remember the first time riding a “two wheeler” without training wheels or a helping hand.   White knuckled, mouth and eyes agape - the terrifying freedom of flying solo!  Wanting to go on and on and fearing how to stop. 

Remember the first time standing on an ocean shore with toes curled in ever shifting sands, looking out with wonder at the  profound weight and ever undulating swell.   Filled with inexpressible awe and exuberance.  Dreading yet tempted to venture into the froth. 

Remember the first time standing on the precipice of a mountain gazing down onto the majestic expansive earth far below.   Or stars on a moonless night! A feast for the eyes that could never fully quench the thirst of the soul.  

Remember the first time sitting with a dying parent, sibling, child, friend or stranger.  Sharing a meal with a hungry, homeless person.  Attending to the child pleading, “help me, I lost my mother.”

Witnessing a mother give birth.   Holding one’s child for the first time.  Poets’ words fail to capture the inexpressible. 

Consecrating and offering the Eucharist for the first time.  A Jesuit priest tired to describe the profound and overwhelming sense of community, oneness, wholeness that enveloped him.

Making love to your spouse for the first time -  lovingly, tenderly yet cautiously reaching out to the other. An expansion of self - touching, holding the other in gentle reverence.

Experiences we hold in our hearts – of the real, tangible presence of God.   These are experiences of transformation and revelation.   Today’s reading from Matthew’s gospel tells of Peter, James and John being present to Jesus being “transfigured.”   We are not told directly, but must know that Peter, James and John, not transfigured, but most definitely were transformed by their experience.  We can only imagine.

We can imagine, because in our own lives we have experienced degrees of transformation.  Every day experiences provide opportunity, the possibility for transformation.  It happens to us all the time!  To experience the fullness of freedom – no matter the age or the actual experience, predisposes us to greater and more meaningful experiences of freedom.  Genuine freedom whets our appetite for greater, richer and more intimate freedom.  Experiences of awe, wonder, fascination, thrill, tenderness, caring and love – fill us with deep yearning for the fuller, richer – a deep yearning for the more.  The More of God.    With each experience I am transformed.

What captivates us is that God gently transforms, revealing to me more and more about myself while drawing me closer and closer to Godself.  My thirst and desire for these holy consolations of God, graciously given are what keep our relationship maturing.  An experience of God,  an experience of who I am in the heart of God draws me closer and closer, deeper and deeper into Love and in love with all life offers.

The Goodnews:  a kid on a bike, a new mom or dad, the mountain climber, the beachcomber,  the lover, the dreamer, the poet and songster,  the homeless, the abandoned, the orphan, the widow, the refugee, the forgotten, you and me – all of us are privy each day to being transformed  into a richer, more real image of Jesus.

Where does it lead?  It all leads to fuller, richer life, to Love, to God. 
Lent is the season of joyful transformation.

by Joan Blandin Howard
Creighton University's Retired
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