My Dear Friends in Christ –
On this 2nd Sunday of Lent, ask yourself a simple yet profound question: “Does receiving the Holy Eucharistchange you; and if so how?” This week we hear about the mysterious “Transfiguration”. Jesus takes Peter, James and John up the mountain to pray and He is “transfigured” before them; the disciples witness a “glorified” vision of Christ. That is, for a brief moment, they see Jesus how He will be after the resurrection.
Yet, eventually the disciples return to the usual pattern of their lives. Their hearts forever changed must return to a world that stays the same, even though they have – albeit for a brief moment – experienced their Lord and Savior in a profound way. This is one of the challenging aspects of being Christian. Every week we come to Mass and receive the Holy Eucharist which has the incredible power and grace to change our hearts, yet we are challenged with returning to the “world” and living in it with all of its struggles and temptations. Each Sunday we “go in peace” strengthened by the grace of the Eucharist to live out our faith in an imperfect, broken world.
I want to really encourage you to consider attending our wonderful Lenten Scripture Study and Reflections on Wednesday evenings entitled “Journey Through the Passion”. Our presenter this week will be Fr. Anthony Coci, Pastor of St. Jerome’s in Walbridge and the Priest Leader at Cardinal Stritch High School. There is no cost for attendance, but we ask that you RSVP to the Parish Office at 419-472-2288. There is an optional Soup & Bread Supper from 6pm – 7pm, followed by the presentation from 7pm – 8pm.
Our Fish Fry Dinners are off to a fantastic start! Volunteers are needed to make these endeavors run smoothly. If you volunteer at a Fish Fry, you will work hard, but you will have so much fun – almost too much fun to have on a Friday in Lent!
This weekend as we hear about how Jesus was transfigured before the Apostles, let us allow the Eucharist we celebrate transfigure us into image of Jesus Christ today and always. And may this second Sunday of Lent find you embracing the discipline of this holy season and Christ’s call to allow your heart to be “transfigured”.
It is a joy and blessing to serve you as your Pastor.
Father Mike +JMJ+
P.S. How are your Lenten sacrifices going? I just need to stay away from the temptation of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls! I hope I see you Sunday evening for our March GLORIFY! Come spend some time in communal prayer, praise, and music before the Most Blessed Sacrament!