March 14, 2022
In our readings this Sunday there is an underlying theme of perseverance that has three unique expressions. In our first reading Abraham and Sarah persevered in bringing a longing for land and offspring to God for many decades. Through a covenant made to them in a time of God's choosing the deepest longings of their hearts come to pass.
In the second reading St. Paul is reminding the Philippians that divisions and despair can be overcome by persevering in faith and "standing firm in the Lord." He suggests that living according to Christ's teachings will make it easier to let go of our fixation with pleasures that are temporary and seek an everlasting fulfillment that can be found in the love of Christ and his Resurrection.
And in Our Gospel reading there is a long journey that has already taken place before everyone went up the mountain. Many have left much to follow Jesus and walk and climb many kilometers to witness the transfiguration. In this moment when it seems as though sleep will overtake Peter, John and James, they persevere and stay awake to witness something truly remarkable.
I think perseverance can be a difficult thing for us all at times. But especially in these times as we emerge from a pandemic that is worn us all down in one way or another. It can be very tempting to just give up or even give in to all sorts of temptations that don't fulfill our deepest desires. Perhaps more than ever, this Second Sunday of Lent is a good time to renew our relationship with Christ and ask him to help us persevere through the challenges we face today. Knowing that we are never alone, we look to Abraham and Sarah, St Paul, and Peter, John and James for inspiration when we may feel that we don't have what it takes to take one more step, to pray one more prayer, or to just stay awake.
May God's love continue to guide us through the challenges we face together, and may we always look to the power of Christ's Resurrection for an enduring presence of love. Helping us to persevere on this important yet unpredictable journey together. One that continues to lead us to new life and lasting fulfilment.