Strengthened by Jesus 2nd Sunday Lent Year B

Strengthened by Jesus 2nd Sunday Lent Year B

Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10

            Today’s gospel passage describes Jesus taking his three closest Apostles, Peter, James, and John up on top of a mountain where Jesus is “transfigured before them”. The glorious transfiguration of Jesus points forward to when Jesus will also gloriously ascend into heaven. After his Ascension, the second reading from Romans teaches us, Jesus eternally intercedes for us.

         When ascending Jesus brought the Paschal mystery, his bodily death and bodily resurrection into heaven. In so doing, Jesus brings a particular time, the time of his death and resurrection, into the eternal now of heaven. For this reason, as Pitre explains, we are able to relive Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are able to relive Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead. We are able to relive Jesus’s historical sacrifice because it was brought by Jesus out of time into eternity, into heaven, and, consequently, is accessible in every time and every age through the Sacred Sacrifice of Holy Mass. This means that every Mass that is celebrated is a participation in the heavenly liturgy of angels and saints surrounding Jesus as he eternally glorifies God the Father in his risen body that still bears the wounds of Jesus’ crucifixion and death.[1]

         Soon, in the Epiclesis, the priest will call the Holy Spirit to descend upon the offerings of bread and wine. When the priest does so, the Holy Spirit will come down to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of the heavenly, risen Jesus. In Eucharistic Prayer II we hear the words “make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body + and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

         After the Holy Spirit unites heaven with earth by uniting our earthly liturgy, with its bread and wine, with the heavenly liturgy, that centers around the risen Jesus in his crucified and glorified body, we are invited to receive the risen body and blood of Jesus Christ.

         This reception of the risen body and blood of Jesus is to strengthen us so that when we exit the doors of the Church, we will face all the sufferings and tribulations that day has to offer us with Jesus and as Jesus does, in a forgiving and merciful way for last words that Jesus said before dying on the cross were of forgiveness, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34 RSVCE)”

         Similarly, Jesus allowed his divine light to shine through his body on top of a mountain with Peter, James, and John because Jesus wanted to strengthen the faith of Peter, James, and John when they would soon witness Jesus, their beloved leader, in such a state of weakness that Jesus even sweated blood and expressing a desire for his Father to take the cup of suffering away from him while at the same time affirming his unity with his Father’s will “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”(Luke 22:42 RSVCE)

         This Mass is our transfiguration moment, when we also are being strengthened by Jesus so that when we naturally feel weak, we with Jesus will cry out to the Father “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

God Bless – Fr Peter

Credits

Siciliano, J.S. Bach

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Strengthened by Jesus 2nd Sunday Lent Year B

Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10

  1. Gospel
    1. Mark – 3 Closest Apostles Peter James John – Inner Circle – Mountain Top – Transfigured
    1. Points Forward to Glorious Ascension of Jesus
  1. Second Reading Romans
    1. After Ascension Jesus Eternally Intercedes for Us
    1. Time into Eternity
    1. Relive – One Event – Made Accessible for All Time – through Mass – Participation in Heavenly Liturgy 
  1. Epiclesis
    1. Priest – Call Down Holy Spirit 
    1. Epiclesis – Epi + Kalein – To Summon – Holy Spirit – Bread and Wine 
    1. Eucharistic Prayer II “make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body + and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
  1. Communion
    1. After Holy Spirit – Unites Time with Eternity
    1. Invited to Receive – Risen Body and Blood
  • Strengthen Us – So As to be Like Merciful Jesus
    • “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. (Lk 23:34)”

Conclusion

         Similarly, Jesus allowed his divine light to shine through his body on top of a mountain with Peter, James, and John because Jesus wanted to strengthen the faith of Peter, James, and John when they would soon witness Jesus, their beloved leader, in such a state of weakness that Jesus even sweated blood and expressing a desire for his Father to take the cup of suffering away from him while at the same time affirming his unity with his Father’s will “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”(Luke 22:42 RSVCE)

         This Mass is our transfiguration moment, when we also are being strengthened by Jesus so that when we naturally feel weak we with Jesus will cry out to the Father “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”


[1] Brant Pitre, “Second Sunday of Lent (Year B),” catholicproductions.com. 

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