Lent Week Two 2021: The Transfiguartion



Loving God, 
there is so much darkness in my life 
and I hide from you. 
Take my hand 
and lead me out of the shadows of my fear. 
Help me to change my heart. 
Bring me to your truth 
and help me to respond to your generous love. 
Let me recognize the fullness of your love 
which will fill my life. 
Free me from the darkness in my heart.


Psalm 116.

  1. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.

  1. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
o you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

  1. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

  1. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

The Gospel Mark 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.

Fr. Noel's Reflection

Time is really flying ! So, how are you doing in your Lenten practices ?
Fell at the first hurdle? Lasted only a few days?
I know I failed at the first one on a particular item. I knew what I was promising to try and change wasn’t going to be easy.
Bad habits die hard. But I didn’t give up. I dusted myself off and on I went and am still trying. And that is on just one promise!
Don’t lose heart, Jesus doesn’t expect instant perfection.
He is happy if we make a genuine effort to change inwardly and pray more deeply.

This second week of Lent we will be reminded in the Mass readings about a number of things.
The Transfiguration, when Peter, James and John see Heaven and the Father reflected in the face of Jesus.
We’ll read about the opposition to Jesus and His teaching.
We’ll read about Joseph and his jealous brothers and how he was able to forgive.
The story of the Prodigal son and his return to his father.
Jesus will be reminding us time and time again about our forgiving Father, about repentance, compassion, about reconciliation.
We really have no excuse for not trying to change anything within ourselves that we know to be holding us down,
and trusting our loving God.

There is great joy over even one repentent person, that is someone who didn’t give up but kept trying and at last succeeded..
Jesus walked the path of your life and mine, he knows our weaknesses, he knows the pitfalls that beset us, the tragedies and sorrows . He felt the weight of the Cross and kept carrying it until He died on it! He did that for us.

So don’t fall into the blame game, that is using someone else’s failings as a cover for our own.
Trust Jesus. Talk to Him. Ask His forgiveness. You’ll get it as many times as you need it.
He doesn’t keep a count. He just keeps forgiving and loving.
After all, the horrible Cross became the key that reopened Heaven to all.
Lent is a time for refreshment, don’t waste it!



Prayer of St Anslem

O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You,
where and how to find You.
You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You.
You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know You.
I have not yet done that for which I was made.
Teach me to seek You.
I cannot seek You unless You teach me
or find You unless You show Yourself to me.
Let me seek You in my desire,
let me desire You in my seeking.
Let me find You by loving You,
let me love You when I find You.


The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.