Weekly Bulletin & Pastor's Note - March 17th, 2019

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As a young man in my late teens and early twenties, I struggled with knowing happiness, joy and peace in my life.  I felt a sadness over my father’s death a few years before.  I felt a discomfort in my “own skin,” that I needed to show the world a different person because I felt who I was, was in the end, not very much.  I remember thinking that my life was something I had to endure for the next sixty years, finding release and freedom only with heaven.  At the same time, I began to wonder whether or not God may have a different idea or plan?  I began to feel that God wanted to offer something more to me, that my resignation that life was something to be endured, didn’t sit so well with God.  Could it be that God had a different wish and dream for us?  

In a way, I believe that God has a most beautiful dream for each of us.  And his dream is not that we simply endure life, rather it is that we experience and come to know a love that is utterly life-giving.  God’s dream doesn’t necessarily mean that our activities on the outside, such as, our jobs and responsibilities, have to change, but that his offer, his dream is accepted in our inside, that is, in our hearts.  This week we hear the story of the Lord’s Transfiguration.  Peter, James and John were brought up the mountain where Jesus was transfigured.  They were shown the full person of the Lord – perfectly God and perfectly human.  They saw Christ speaking with Moses and Elijah.  While Peter offered to make three dwellings for them, the scripture says that “a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.”  From the cloud, a voice spoke: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”  In Christ, God was and is offering his dream for us.  

We may put our lives in cruise control, just trying to get through it, but again, could it be that God had a different wish and dream for us?  The Lord Jesus has come with a particular mission.  He has come to save us, to offer eternal life.  As we live our lives, our salvation can begin to grow within our hearts.  We see in the Gospel how God spends his entire self for us.  Christ searches us out and proclaims the kingdom of God.  And God’s kingdom is our true home.  It is his kingdom of which we are citizens, as St. Paul wrote.  The proclamation of the Lord is life for us because it is love for us.  If we feel as if we are in the doldrums of life, we can listen to the ever present cry of God.  We can listen to Jesus Christ who tells us, over and over again, that we are loved by an eternal love.  That we are not just going through the motions in life, that we are not just an anonymous number in God’s creation, rather we are the child, the beloved child of God.  So indeed we know, “the Lord is my light and my salvation.”  

God bless and take care.

Fr John

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