As we prepare for Lent…
Please remember these dates: more details to come!
Chrism Mass Tues, Mar 31 at 7:00 p.m. (at Notre Dame Cathedral)
Parish Mission Mar 23, 24 & 25 Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Parish Penance Service Thurs, Mar 26, 7:00 p.m.
Seeing Jesus transfigured, the Apostles had a glimpse of the complete truth about him - about his literally being ‘one with the Father’. This sight of Jesus’ divine reality was meant to help them cope with the dark events ahead. Walking By Faith
This episode from the Gospel reminds us that followers of Jesus Christ seldom understand everything. We do not always notice what is in front of us, and even when we do, the experience can fade away. The whole of the Gospel, the whole of the Bible is, in fact, like the Transfiguration; a glimpse of the power and presence of a loving God in our world. This is given to us for our consolation and our salvation, but its power will leave us, become a faint memory, if we do not pay attention to it. Focussing on what God has revealed of himself to us, we grow closer to God himself and become transformed by his holiness. Those who ‘thirst for God’ find themselves satisfied and strengthened more than they could have imagined.
Do you remember an experience in your life that helped you ‘see the truth’? Or one that gave you strength and purpose over the years? One that has remained important to you?
It is much more difficult to remember God’s loving presence in our lives when we face dark days. At those times, people need more than ever to have Christ’s love shown them through the kindness of others. Our neighbours facing illness, those laid off work and the poor of the Third World are all facing difficult times. We are called to show them the power of Christ’s loving presence. What are we willing to do? St. Paul reminds us that God Himself “did not spare His own Son.” Are my gifts to the Lord ‑ of my resources, of my time, of myself ‑ also sacrificial?
Diocesan Day of Confession
Following the suggestion of Pope Francis, there will be a Diocese -wide “Day of Confession” next Friday, Mar. 6, when most parishes will have extra times for Confession. At. St. Monica Church, the times will be 11:15-1:15; 2:00-500; 7:30-9:00pm.
May Christ give us the courage to be bearers of hope, love and strength in his name.