Reflection: Second Sunday of Lent

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Gen.22:1-2,9-13,15-18; Ps.115; 2nd Reading – Rom.8:31-34; Gospel – Mk.9:2-10]


It seems that the vision of Jesus talking with Elijah and Moses was something that put Peter in an awkward situation. On one hand he expresses that they were happy to be there in that particular moment and on the other hand we are told that they were frightened. It seems strange that two opposite sentiments are put together in the same person at the same time!

Sometimes we pass through the same identical experience as Peter, James and John.  We seek the presence of the Lord through his Word, and while we do so we also enjoy his company. As soon as we find ourselves in front of the Lord we find ourselves also confronted by Him. The encounter with Him means to reckon who and what we really are – sons/daughters of God through the brotherhood of Jesus and through the Power of the Holy Spirit. If this discovery makes us feel “wonderful” and happy (as it truly should), the awareness of our weaknesses discourages us to a certain point that it also frightens us, because we discover that we receive so much love from the Lord and from others around us, and quite often we are not ready to return love on the same level! We discover that we are truly a misery… And therefore we find ourselves like Peter: having two opposite sentiments in the same person at the same time.

The Gospel continues to tell us about the cloud which came and covered them in shadow, and from which a reassuring voice came out telling them that Jesus is the Son, the Beloved, to whom they should listen! It was the protection of the cloud, and the Voice, which gave the apostles the strength to return to their senses again.

In the same way, it is the shadow of the Lord’s presence and his reassuring voice, the certainty that He is always with us, which gives us the strength to go on. Once the invitation to “Listen to him” is accepted, then we understand that his everlasting word (Elijah and Moses), spoken at the beginning of time, will continue forever. He will shower us with his blessings as it was promised to Abraham, and in the Father’s presence He will continue to plead for us to the Father.

Lord, I know You love me in an immense and particular way that I do not merit, because I do not know how to return this love not only to you, but also to my fellow brothers and sisters. Help me to listen more and give more heed to your voice.  Thank You Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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