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From the Desk of Father Mark - Our Pastor
February 25, 2024 - Second Sunday of Lent

"This is my beloved Son, listen to him."

The image of a mountain is significant in Scripture. Often, the mountain is the location where God speaks. God will speak to Moses as He offers the Commandments. Jesus will speak with the disciples as He offers the Beatitudes. The Father reveals Jesus as the Beloved Son. It is important to notice in these encounters that nothing about God changes but God is revealed as God intends.

In the commandments, the choice of obedience leads to blessings for the people of Israel. The commandments are rooted in obedience. God’s intention of blessings on His people has always existed. Therefore, this ideal is extended to disciples when Jesus on the mountain extends blessings. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are they who mourn, Blessed are the meek, Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, Blessed are the merciful, Blessed are the clean of heart, Blessed are the peacemakers, Blessed are they who are persecuted... they will see God.”

So, on the mountain, the transfiguration, is seeing God as the source of Divine Blessing, God as God is. God does not change. God reveals.

During Lent, what do we learn about God? What do we discover about ourselves? It isn’t that we necessarily become different people but become the people God intended us to be, to see ourselves the way God made us.

"The disciples become themselves the instruments of nourishment, setting the loaves and fish before the people. Within the loop of grace, they discovered their mission and were themselves enhanced, transfigured." - Bishop Robert Barron - This is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival

Our Lenten Mission this year will be a bit different. We will offer a special Holy Hour every Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in St. Linus Church.

Have a great week!

Fr. Mark Walter
Pastor of Our Lady of the Ridage - St.Linus Parish

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