Homily March 16, 2014 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted in christian, Christianity, church events, ecclesiology, inspirational, religion, scripture by Fr Joe R on March 12, 2014

transfig3Today’s readings remind us of several men who we are giants in salvation history. All received calls from God and ultimately answered his call with faith and action. First we see Abraham and Sarah, old timers settled and old for their time, reportedly in their seventies. God called for them to pack up and move to a new place and he would make a great nation of them. With no idea of where they were going, they picked up and went with the remarkable faith they had. Even today, how many of us would be ready to pick up and simply move on and start over for the call of faith?

Next we encounter Paul in his letter to Timothy. He, too, received a call and though reluctantly, he answered and moved on and started his journey of faith preaching ceaselessly from place to place until he was stopped.

transfig1In the Gospel, we see Jesus go up the mountain and be transfigured with Peter, James and John. Not only was Jesus transfigured but he was joined by Moses and Elijah, men who also were called to leave all and move on in faith to do the work of God just as Jesus had called his Apostles. This special moment of transfiguration was a moment of faith and enlightenment for them. It was a confirmation of their call, a showing of a true connection to God and his work in salvation throughout history and a boost for the faith of the apostles.

We see therefore the call of 8 people to a vocation of witness to God. If we think about it, none of them ever got a chance to settle down, sit back and say look at what has been accomplished once they were called. Abraham and Sarah lived a long life but never saw the great nation they were promised. Yet today they are part of the religious heritage of Christians, Jews and Muslims throughout the world. Moses and Elijah, as great as they were, never got to a full sense of completion as their human faults interfered. Peter, James, John and Paul received the completion of martyrdom but their earthly task was never completely finished.The Transfiguration of Christ Giovanni Bellini, c. 1487

Only Jesus in today’s readings completely fulfilled his call, his mission to save by his death and resurrection. It was he who sent the final four on their mission or their vocation to go out and baptize. Like the calls of the old testament, his disciples were called to move on to keep spreading and preaching his word. Faith, like that of Abraham and Sarah was called for. Family, friends, comfort or whatever is in the way of our faith must not stop us from following the gospel. Jesus call and his charge to preach and baptize is far from finished. We still need the fervor of discipleship.

The church remember is the people of God. As such it is for the people of God to spread the gospel and in so many special ways to share Christ’s love and embrace all people by bringing Christ to them and his love and forgiveness. With baptism, we all received this faith and this call. Each of us is expected to answer the call according to the abilities we have. Throughout all of salvation history God chose very ordinary people to do extraordinary things. This is how he works. He uses us and works through us and accomplishes what he wants sometimes even in spite of ourselves. Let us never forget that the last person we met might have been the most important we ever met. We might have been that person’s last chance to see and hear Christ’s call. I ask you, have we put on Christ and been a loving person to them. Remember that his call to us only ends when we are in his arms at the end.

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