St Vincent de Paul Society

Second Sunday of Lent

U D P

Reflection 6
March 8, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white … Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Sharing the Mission

In our daily lives we see the “dying and rising” between our work and leisure, between times with loved ones and times away, between success and failure, between doing something we would enjoy and doing something someone else would enjoy more. In our daily lives as we see the paschal mystery unfolding, the distance between the religious and secular spheres of our lives becomes less and less. Instead of putting religion in a neat box it becomes truly the very way we live.

Discussion

How is your Vincentian spirituality at the heart of the “dying and rising” of your daily lives?

Action

During this week of Lent, give thanks for all the blessings that you have in your life, remembering the struggles of others within the community.

Prayer

(Leader)    When we struggle with our own weaknesses,
(Together)  Change our hearts, O God!
(Leader)    When we resist the call to conversion,
(Together)  Change our hearts, O God!
(Leader)    When we become bitter and judgmental,
(Together)  Change our hearts, O God!
(Together) Amen.