Second Sunday of Lent, Called
Matthew, Chapter 17, verse 5-8
5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much AFRAID. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” 8And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
The apostles during the transfiguration heard the voice of the Father; saw the light of the Holy Spirit and were touched by the Son of God, Christ the Messiah. They fully experienced the triune God which empowered them for the trial ahead.
THE LORD'S DAY HOLY
The Day of the Risen Lord
and of the Gift
of the Holy Spirit
The eighth day: image of
26. By contrast, the Sabbath's
position as the seventh day of the week suggests for the Lord's Day a
complementary symbolism, much loved by the Fathers. Sunday is not only the
first day, it is also "the eighth day", set within the sevenfold
succession of days in a unique and transcendent position which evokes not only
the beginning of time but also its end in "the age to come". Saint
Basil explains that Sunday symbolizes that truly singular day which will follow
the present time, the day without end which will know neither evening nor
morning, the imperishable age which will never grow old; Sunday is the
ceaseless foretelling of life without end which renews the hope of Christians
and encourages them on their way. Looking towards the last day, which fulfils
completely the eschatological symbolism of the Sabbath, Saint Augustine
concludes the Confessions describing the Eschaton as "the peace of
quietness, the peace of the Sabbath, a peace with no evening". In
celebrating Sunday, both the "first" and the "eighth" day,
the Christian is led towards the goal of eternal life.
Second Sunday of Lent, Called “Reminiscere”
AT the Introit to-day the Church asks of God the grace to fall -no more into sin: Remember, O God, Thy bowels of compassion, and Thy mercies that are from the beginning of the world, lest at any time our enemies rule over us; deliver us, O God, from all our tribulations. To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed; (Ps. xxiv.).
O God, Who beholdest us destitute of every virtue, preserve us both inwardly and outwardly, that we may be defended from all adversities in body, and purified from all evil thoughts in mind.
EPISTLE, i. Thess. iv. 1-7.
Brethren: We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received of us, how you ought to walk, and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor: not in the passion of lust, like the gentiles that know not God: and that no man overreach, nor circumvent his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified: for God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification.
Explanation. St. Paul exhorts all Christians to live chastely and honestly, and continually to aspire to higher perfection. Such is the will of God, Who has called us to holiness, and will punish severely all impurity and injustice.
Prayer. Grant, O Lord, that, according to my vocation, I may never be addicted to earthly and fleshly lusts like the heathen, who know Thee not, but may live in modesty, chastity, and holiness, and adorn my name as a Christian with good works. Amen.
Traditionally for this Sunday Paul exhorts us to keep up our progress and we hear the story of the Transfiguration as a heartening foretaste of Christ's ultimate triumph.
GOSPEL. Matt. xvii.
At that time: Jesus taketh unto Him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. And Peter, answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo a voice out of the cloud saying: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face: and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
Why was Jesus transfigured before His disciples on Mount Tabor?
To give them a manifest proof of His divinity.
To prevent all doubt on their part when they should see Him on Mount Calvary.
To encourage all the faithful to patience under agony and suffering.
To show us how our glorified bodies shall rise from the dead (i. Cor. xv. 52).
Why did Moses and Elias appear with
Our Lord? To
testify that Jesus was the Savior of the word spoken of by the law and the
Read: Today’s Gospel shares the story of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Reflect: “The Transfiguration reminds us that the joys sown by God in life are not finishing lines; rather they are the lights he gives us during our earthly pilgrimage in order that “Jesus alone” may be our Law and his word the criterion that directs our existence.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, February 28, 2010)
Pray: Pray for strength today to continue your Lenten promises and fasting with this prayer from Catholic Relief Services. . . .
Act: It’s the second Sunday of Lent, but
there are three more to go. Rededicate yourself to your Lenten promises today
and enter the week ready to tackle what’s ahead.
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PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION TWO-THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Chapter 2 “You shall love your neighbor as
Article 8-THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT
VI. Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art
practice of goodness is accompanied by spontaneous spiritual joy and moral beauty.
Likewise, truth carries with it the joy and splendor of spiritual beauty. Truth
is beautiful in itself. Truth in words, the rational expression of the
knowledge of created and uncreated reality, is necessary to man, who is endowed
with intellect. But truth can also find other complementary forms of human
expression, above all when it is a matter of evoking what is beyond words: the
depths of the human heart, the exaltations of the soul, the mystery of God.
Even before revealing himself to man in words of truth, God reveals himself to
him through the universal language of creation, the work of his Word, of his
wisdom: the order and harmony of the cosmos - which both the child and the
scientist discover - "from the greatness and beauty of created things
comes a corresponding perception of their Creator," "for the author
of beauty created them."
[Wisdom] is a breath of the power
of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing
defiled gains entrance into her. For she is a reflection of eternal light, a
spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. For [wisdom]
is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the
night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. I became enamored of her
Created "in the image of God," man also expresses the truth of
his relationship with God the Creator by the beauty of his artistic works.
Indeed, art is a distinctively human form of expression; beyond the search for
the necessities of life which is common to all living creatures, art is a
freely given superabundance of the human being's inner riches. Arising from
talent given by the Creator and from man's own effort, art is a form of
practical wisdom, uniting knowledge and skill, to give form to the truth
of reality in a language accessible to sight or hearing. To the extent that it
is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a certain likeness to God's
activity in what he has created. Like any other human activity, art is not an
absolute end in itself, but is ordered to and ennobled by the ultimate end of
Sacred art is true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular
vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent
mystery of God - the surpassing invisible beauty of truth and love visible in
Christ, who "reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his
nature," in whom "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily." This
spiritual beauty of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the
angels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and
to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier.
this reason bishops, personally or through delegates, should see to the
promotion of sacred art, old and new, in all its forms and, with the same
religious care, remove from the liturgy and from places of worship everything
which is not in conformity with the truth of faith and the authentic beauty of
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 Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896