The coffee is always on here at St. Francis Xavier after week day morning Mass and a small number of people gather to chat before going out into the day. The conversations had around the table are sometimes about world and local news and weather, but often become theological discussions drawn from the Scripture read at morning Mass. On this First Sunday of Lent we read the account of Jesus inviting Peter, James and John to go with him up the mountain to pray. What they experienced there was the Transfiguration “when the face of Jesus was changed and his clothes became dazzling white.” The apostles were amazed as they witnessed Jesus in conversation with Moses and Elijah. The Transfiguration and the company of two long deceased ancestors in faith was a prelude to what it will be like to be with Jesus in heaven. So at one of morning coffee sessions a few years back when Fr. Bob Landsberger was present, the group gathered was talking about how our bodies would be raised from the dead. I wondered aloud just what body we would have, our 15 year old body (a young and more slender version) or our 80 year old body. We all chuckled and still we wondered.
Then Fr. Bob said, “Oh, Deb you will have a glorified body, more beautiful than you can even imagine.” We all paused.
This is what Jesus was teaching to us in the Transfiguration. How wonderful to look forward in faith to that day! The story of our salvation and the promise of eternity with God is made available to us only through Jesus Christ; God offering his own Son that we might be forgiven our sins and loved for all time. As we move through this Lent, let us listen carefully to the incredible gift of God in the Word. Let us take into our heart the unfolding story and remind ourselves that this is our story, our salvation. And as we do, let us draw closer to Jesus as we walk with him to Jerusalem where he suffered and died for us. To do so is to experience a renewal of our commitment to live out our baptismal call to be ever aware of the gift we have been given in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. How will you draw closer to God this Lent? Will it be through increased awareness of the Scripture you read and hear proclaimed? Will it be in silence spent alone with the Lord? Will it be in the awareness of your sinfulness and the need for conversion? Have you thought about your personal goal for Lent in regard to your relationship with Jesus? May we all give serious thought to our journey of faith in a real way these next five weeks, that we may look forward to the celebration of new life at Easter and our being transfigured as Christ when our bodies are raised and our eternal life is made real. In awe and in hope,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC