Do we actually see things as they really are? David was the future king, and the blind man was a child of God. The Pharisees won’t admit they need help seeing. Ask God to make you new eyes: Open my eyes Lord, help me to see.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the key to understanding the Gospel reading about the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus will give the gift of the Holy Spirit so that people will no longer worship on Mount Gerizim or in Jerusalem, but they will worship the Father in and through the Holy Spirit. The woman at the well does not know what she has been thirsting for her whole life, but she has been thirsting for the gift that only Jesus can give.
Those things you think nobody knows? Jesus already knows… and He still loves you. He offers His love like an ocean of mercy. And He “thirsts” for our faith and our love in return. This Lent, I want you to do two things:
1) Encounter the Merciful love of God: Read the Bible, go to Confession, and see His mercy all around us.
2) Offer the Merciful love of God to your spouse, friends, and yourself.
Jesus took three of His apostles up to the top of a mountain in order to show them a secret. It was so secret that they were not allowed to say anything about it until after Jesus had risen from the dead. This is the secret: Jesus is the Son of God.
Lent is a training camp and spiritual retreat for the whole Church, and it always begins with the same two lessons. On the first Sunday of Lent, we have the scene of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. This story teaches the first lesson: we must worship God alone and obey only His word. The second Sunday of Lent always brings us to the Transfiguration, which teaches the whole church lesson two: Jesus is the beloved Son of God, and we should listen to Him. During the rest of Lent, we will be sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His word.
Today are privileged to see Jesus’ true glory. Peter did not need “three tents” because Jesus is enough. He replaces the Law and the Prophets. Right relationship with God and neighbor happens when we follow Jesus faithfully. Like the Israelites, we have been cheating on our relationships by letting stuff get in the way of people. Clean out the tent of your heart and make room for the amazing gift of Jesus.
Genesis tells us about the most embarrassing moment in the world, the moment when Adam and Eve sinned. Adam and Eve’s mistake was to listen to the serpent instead of serving God; they did what seemed best to them rather than doing what God asked. The fundamental choice of our whole life is whether we are going to obey God or not, whether we will serve God and others or serve ourselves. In the desert, Jesus shows us how to do it the right way; Jesus refuses to serve Himself, because He is totally dedicated to serving God and others.
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