Second Sunday of Lent
February 21, 2016
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
It seems coded into our DNA to aspire to reach and stay at “mountaintop” experiences as Peter, James, and John do in today’s Gospel. The Catholic Youth Bible offers a challenging reflection on this passage: It warns of unrealistic expectations that we could maintain a “spiritual high” all the time. In fact, reliance on such “highs” is a risk to our overall faith experience.
Certainly as musicians we often strive for musical and artistic highs; we are called to put our best foot forward, but is it realistic to expect ourselves to produce something like a perfect performance of Beethoven’s Ninth every time we sit at the console or keyboard, strum the guitar, or stand in front of the assembly to sing? Faith has its ebbs and flows, and so do our liturgical and musical celebrations.
Similarly, discipleship has high and low moments. Luke’s account of the transfiguration follows immediately after Jesus’ teaching about discipleship (9:23): “If any wish to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” This passage remind us of our call to service through baptism into Christ, but it leads to the transfiguration, and that account echoes the words proclaimed to us on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord this year: “YOU are my Son, the Beloved; with YOU I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). In mountaintop highs and desert lows, we need to trust that our own relationship with God as beloved sustains us and that God is well pleased with us, for we live in Christ, the Beloved.
Source of mercy and love, show us moments to practice patience,
opportunities to promote understanding, and experiences to participate in love.
In the highs and lows of life, mercifully grant us the fortitude to hear your call.
Through your chosen Son, Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Viator Parish