I am a good person, right? I mean I do not murder, or steal, or commit any REALLY big sins, do I? So why do bad things happen to me? Since I aim to be a good person, why don’t you notice and DO something about it, God? Why do I have to experience these bad things? I mean, c’mon, I am really doing something here? I mean, look at what I am doing for Lent, after all?
How can you be generous? That is the message of hope we are called to have as people of faith. How can your generosity be increased? How can your example of sacrifice help others to see how the faith produces calm and peace? How is it we can increase our faith in God, who is far stronger than any other created thing, even a coronavirus. All the readings provide us examples of what hope in God brings. Pray for the virtue of hope, and ask God to give you and witness to that peace that comes from deep faith in him.
It can be easy to feel the world is against us sometimes. There are days when nothing seems to go our way. We might be the subject of office gossip. People may jump to conclusions about our good intentions before they know all the facts.
There is so much packed into the account of the Transfiguration I could probably have spoken 30 or 40 minutes this morning. (Don’t worry, I did not.) What is true is that the Transfiguration tells us all we need to know about Jesus. It helps us to cope with suffering and pain. It teaches us about the importance of prayer. Listen carefully to Jesus, and you will see more clearly the importance of this meeting of heaven and earth.
Today marks one week into our spiritual journey in this season of Lent. The Scripture readings for today had a profound effect on me and the way that I view Lent. In the readings we are reminded of another aspect of Jonah’s story; we hear how Jonah warned the people of Nineveh to turn away from their evil ways and repent before God. Even the King of Nineveh listened to Jonah and repented by choosing to fast and wear sack cloth. We also hear how Jesus used the story of Nineveh to tell his disciples how important it is to be faithful to God.