Day: February 17, 2016

2nd Sunday Lent 2016

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Gospel Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year C – February 21st 2016

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available.


Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning. Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah’. – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.

Luke 9:28-36


Something big is going to happen when Jesus goes to a mountain – beatitudes, this scene, the ascension. Like the political leader going to the podium. So this is a very important scene. For him and for them. They weren’t brought there for nothing.


He wanted to show them who he is and his mission. Jesus knew he was loved by his father, this made him radiant. He knew the voice of God was right, claiming him as his son.

"Transfiguration" by Carl H. Bloch, Danish Painter, 1834-1890. Oil on Copper Plate. Public domain. Source:

This was for them, that they would listen to him.  First moment of the Christian disciple is to listen. Not even to look – can’t spend the day in the tent in adoration. A very good prayer is praying with the word of God and then we go to our world.


Pope Francis said that “we are called to carry the fruits of the experience we have with God to our troubled brothers and sisters, sharing with them the treasures of grace received. To are sick, bereaved, worried, homeless and in trouble”.

Listen – a bit of the gospel each day; prayer of the church is all scripture; daily Mass with its readings. Repeat your favourite line a few times. Then it becomes part of you like a song. Mary was the first listener.

Real strong love asks – will I suffer for someone? That’s what we hear. The voice we follow. Jesus followed the voice of God – like conscience.  His love brought him to suffer and be killed – For you, me and all of us.

Change us O lord, each of us, with your love.

Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger