Genesis 22:2, 9-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10
Lent – An Invitation to Experience the Transforming Power of God
St. Paul in his letter to the Romans reassures us that no matter what, God walks with us in all life’s experiences. God reminds the Romans and us that “if God is with us who can be against us?” Can we make this part of our Lenten prayer and allow it to a transforming effect on our lives?
In the Gospel, Jesus invites three of his special friends, Peter, James, and John to accompany him to the mountaintop where God showed glory, a foreshadowing of his resurrection. In response to the terrified reply of Peter, the gentle, reassuring voice of the Father was heard, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” During Lent, can we take these words more seriously and allow their transformative power to work us and through us? We are being transfigured day after day. Accept Jesus’ invitation to follow him, to be changed, and allow our faith to continue to grow.
Lent is not just a time for personal transformation. It is also a time to pray and act to bring about serious changes in our world, our country, and our homes. In all we are about, can we see God’s hand in all events? Sickness, violence, death – these can all be transforming events for humankind. It is difficult to recognize God’s presence when horrendous things happen like the massacre of innocent young people in Florida. It may seem like a paradox, but we are asked to believe some good will come out of this event.
Do we have the passion that the students in Florida are exhibiting and pray that we may be led in faith to believe that out of pain and suffering our God can bring about changes?
Let us pray for the remaining days of Lent, “Here I am, God, ready to do your will. Fill me with your grace. Let me and our brothers and sisters know you are transforming power.”
Sister Ursula McGovern, O.P.