Second Sunday of Lent 2014
Each year, on this second Sunday of Lent, Jesus invites us to climb the mountain for a glimpse of the future, to allow us to get in touch with the mystery of his divine presence, to find hope amidst despair. As we look at the world around us we can only hope that this glimpse will awaken us from a self-satisfied notion that our western world has all the answers, to a realization that we need to take better care of our fragile world. Throughout the past months, we have often been glued to the news of the desperation of people striving for a freedom from oppression – whether it be in Syria, the Ukraine, the horn of Africa - or even in our own first nations peoples. In our media immersed world it is so difficult to discern the truth of what we hear. And yet, in this world that we call home, we know that the sorrow and despair of people in lands within and beyond our borders is ours to bear as well. We need to know that we if we are to live as a people of the gospel a people that hope to taste the joys of transfiguration, we will need to allow our hearts to be transformed and realize that indeed we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers. Since biblical times, mountains have been seen as places to experience the transcendent God - whether they are the mountains in the Holy Lands, or the mountains of our own land. From the desert of last week to the mountain top today, Lent beckons us to return to the Lord through repentance and renewal. May the energy we receive from our mountaintop experiences propel us to continually seek to make our world a better place - a world where all might be transformed – a world where all God's creatures live in harmony – a world where, along with Abraham and Sarah, we can rejoice in God's promise 'that you shall be my people and I will be your God".
– Patty Fowler-Presentation Associate