Lenten Reflections 2013 - Second Sunday of Lent

 Second Sunday of Lent-Reflection

Have I ever considered that the human person is the only living being created by God that knows they are not going to live for ever?

How does the reality of knowing that at some stage our time in this world will end, affect my attitude to life?

How do I live in this world conscious that we are going to die sometime? 

How can I become more attentive to the glimpses of heaven I receive in everyday life?


Heaven puts life into perspective. 

These are challenging but necessary questions to ask ourselves this Lent.  Each one of us answers these questions by the way that we live our lives.  People answer them in different ways. Some people pretend that they are going to live here for ever.  They gather up more and more material goods to try and make them feel secure.  Others just ignore the issue.  They don't want to think about dying or anything like that.  Others live in fear of dying.  The prospect of it terrifies them.  A very odd time you meet people who have no fear of dying.  They have a great acceptance of it.  In a sense they have integrated it into their lives.  Because of that they are more able to live life to the full.  They have a freedom in them that releases them from fear and insecurity. They know that as St Paul says in the second reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians that our true home is in Heaven. It is where we truly belongNot only is heaven our home but Jesus comes from home to bring us back home.  This must be the heart of our faith and our life and our death. 

If we live aware of heaven there is nothing that holds us back or put us down in this world.  If we live aware that ultimately we are going home, and Jesus is always showing us the way home, we will have courage and peace to enable us to face whatever challenges we have in this world. 

In the gospel today Peter, James and John witnessed the transfiguration.  What happened at the transfiguration was that these three men got a glimpse of heaven.  The reason that Jesus gave them a glimpse of heaven was to give them courage here on earthEach one of us needs to get a glimpse of heaven from time to time to keep us focused and to give us courage to live life to the full.  When we get those glimpses we are better able to face the reality of our lives which inevitably includes death.

Maybe this Lent one of the things that we need to do most is to be attentive to the glimpses of heaven all around us - those moments of transfiguration.  They are happening.  We just need to take time to see them.   


Pray Psalm 26

Response: The Lord is my light and my help

The Lord is my light and my help;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

before whom shall I shrink?

Response: The Lord is my light and my help

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;

have mercy and answer.

Of you my heart has spoken:

'Seek his face.'

Response: The Lord is my light and my help

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;

hide not your face.

Dismiss not your servant in anger;

you have been my help.

Response: The Lord is my light and my help

I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness

in the land of the living.

Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.

Hope in the Lord!

Response: The Lord is my light and my help