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Sunday, February 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 9:28b-36.


Second Sunday of Lent – Year C

21 February 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:28b-36.

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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SUNDAY MASS – February 21, 2016 

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Second Sunday of Lent – Year C

21 February 2016

Commentary of the day

Theophanes of Keramea
Homily on the Transfiguration ; PG 132, 1021f.

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father” (Mt 13,43)

The hour of the Passion draws near… Now, it must not come about that the disciples should find themselves crushed in spirit at that hour; it must not happen that those who had confessed through Peter’s mouth that he was the Son of God shortly before (Mt 16:16) should believe he was merely a man when they saw him fastened to the cross like a criminal. That is why he has strengthened them by means of this wonderful vision.

Thus, when they should see him betrayed and in agony, praying that the chalice of death should pass him by and dragged into the high priest’s court, they might remember Mount Thabor and understand that it is of his own free will that he is delivered up to death… When they should see the blows and spittle on his face they would not be scandalized, calling to mind his radiance surpassing the sun. When they should see him derisively draped in a mantle of purple they would remember that this same Jesus had been clothed in light on the mountain. When they should see him crucified on the gallows between two criminals they would know he had appeared between Moses and Elijah as their Lord. When they should see him buried in the earth like a dead man they would think of the bright cloud with which he had been covered.

Here, then, is one motive for the Transfiguration and perhaps there is another: the Lord exhorted his disciples not to try to save their own lives. He said to them: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Mt 16:24). But to deny oneself and go towards a shameful death, that seems hard! Hence our Savior shows his disciples with what kind of glory those who have imitated his Passion will be judged worthy. Indeed, the Transfiguration is nothing other than the manifestation beforehand of the last day “when the righteous will shine in the presence of God” (Mt 13:43).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Second Sunday of Lent – Year C

21 February 2016

Saint of the day

St. Peter Damian,

Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1007-1072)

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SAINT PETER DAMIAN
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(1007-1072)-

        St. Peter Damian was born in 1007, and lost both parents at an early age. His eldest brother, in whose hands he was left, treated him so cruelly that a younger brother, a priest, moved by his piteous state, sent him to the University of Parma, where he acquired great distinction. His studies were sanctified by vigils, fasts, and prayers, till at last, thinking that all this was only serving God by halves, he resolved to leave the world.

        He joined the monks at Font-Avellano, then in the greatest repute, and by his wisdom and sanctity rose to be Superior. He was employed on the most delicate and difficult missions, amongst others the reform of ecclesiastical communities, which was effected by his zeal.

Seven Popes in succession made him their constant adviser, and he was at last created Cardinal Bishop of Ostia. He withstood Henry IV. of Germany, and labored in defence of Alexander II. against the Antipope, whom he forced to yield and seek for pardon.

        He was charged, as Papal Legate, with the repression of simony; again, was commissioned to settle discords amongst various bishops, and finally, in 1072, to adjust the affairs of the Church at Ravenna. He was laid low by a fever on his homeward journey, and died at Faenza, in a monastery of his order, on the eighth day of his sickness, whilst the monks chanted matins around him.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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