The Lenten Journey Continues

March 1, 2012

The attendance at the Parish Mission was quite astounding!  I hope that all
who attended received as many graces as I from Fr. Reilly’s spiritual
reflections.  The parish will have a Lenten mission every year during my
pastorate: it helps keep us focused, renewed, and challenged in our
spiritual and parish life.  Thank you, Fr. Reilly.  You are our first
Spiritual Father of the Lenten Season. Your diocesan ministry and priestly
friendship is a genuine gift.

As Fr. Reilly mentioned during the Parish Mission, the Transfiguration
gospel presents another affirming word today from the Father about Jesus:
“This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”  My beloved Son. words packed with
meaning and emotion.  We have only begun to fathom and to penetrate the
depth of effects of our baptism as the children of God..We, the beloved!

One Christian writer commented that the transfiguration of Jesus was NOT a
miracle, but the cessation of one! Namely, Peter, James, and John were given
the privilege to see Jesus in glory, that is with the veil of his humanity
fully lifted.  What they saw, we hope to see; Jesus glorified!  We do not
yet live on that Mount Tabor, but we journey toward another one, Mount
Calvary.  There Jesus is seen in his full suffering humanity.  St. John
calls it ‘the hour of glory.’

A few have asked, “What was the Psalm that I mentioned on Ash Wednesday?”
It’s Psalm 139, nicknamed, ‘The Hound of Heaven’ after the masterful poem by
Francis Thompson (d. 1907).  “Lord, you probe me and you know me.”  I loved
its cadence when, as a Benedictine novice, I chanted it in the monastery. It
was on Wednesday at evening prayer. It has become part of my very
consciousness as a man and a priest.  I recommend it to you now as a Lenten
meditation.  Prayerfully read it everyday during Lent.  You will be a
different person on Easter Sunday, perhaps not transfigured, but surely
transformed.  Transformed? Transformed into what or, better yet, into whom?
All I can say to you, my brothers and sisters is: “Come along; you’ll see!”

Enjoy the Lenten journey walk from ashes to glory,
~Msgr. Darcy


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