March 17, 2018
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This beautiful snow-covered shot of St. Mary’s was taken by “The 717 Drone Guys” on Facebook, and as beautiful as it is, it’s my hope that this is the last time we’ll see such a charming image this year! 🙂 I’m ready for warm weather!
Every year on the Second Sunday of Lent we have an account of the Transfiguration, the fourth of the Luminous Mysteries! Luke’s account, more than Matthew and Mark’s, emphasizes not only what Jesus was doing on the mountain but also what He was speaking about to Moses and Elijah, “His exodus that He was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” So it makes sense that Peter wants to build booths on the mountaintop. He is being reminiscent of the Jewish Feast of Booths that not only commemorated Israel’s time in the wilderness but anticipated the Jewish belief in Isaiah’s prophecy. A future coming of a new Exodus would culminate not in just the arrival in the city of Jerusalem but their glorious arrival in the new creation and in the true Kingdom of God. He got a taste of heaven!
So Peter did get the big picture that Scripture was being fulfilled before him. What Peter did not grasp was the fact that Jesus still had one more mountain to climb before the new Exodus would be inaugurated, Mount Calvary. Jesus would first have to embrace the Cross for our salvation and so would Peter, the other disciples and all of us. So the great mystery of the Transfiguration gives us hope, a glimpse of what’s coming. But don’t build your booth quite yet; let’s follow Him to the Cross with our eyes on the goal, to be saints in heaven! Our Lenten journey leads us to Him!
Catechism Question of the Week: Which attribute of charity does St. Paul mention that pertains to the parable of the unfruitful fig tree? (see CCC 1825)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Why do bad things happen to good people, and what does this have to do with the parable of the unfruitful fig tree?
In Christ’s Peace,
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III