Posted on: February 27, 2021
Second Sunday of Lent
TRANSFIGURATION Lent Week 2,2021 A great Grace filling week to ponder and utilize the opportunity of transfiguration to refashion or remold to clear our image God created with us as we enter the second week of Lent. The reflection this week focuses on Transfiguration which relates very well with the sacrifice of Abraham with Isaac. The Lenten journey brings to attention the proclamation from God the Father, “This is My Son, the Beloved; listen to Him!” The life and story of Abraham is the same, no questions were asked, but just followed what God said to do, “Sacrifice Your son”. The result of which is transfiguration of Abraham answering all the long-standing questions he asked to God and all the concerns he had conveyed to God day and night.
The statement of God today to us is, “This is My Son, the Beloved; listen to Him”, is for the transfiguration of each of us. This statement can facilitate our plan for transfiguration, the remolding of our beautiful image which happened to be lost or destroyed by the calamities of the devil in us. The resplendence of the Transfiguration reveals the fullness of life destined to be ours. To reach the level of transfiguration, a must NEEDED plan and process required. The beautiful image and likeness is maintained by Transformation, Transition and Transfiguration. Transformation > brings changes to Character. Think and Pray about what sort of passing things I need to give up, rusted, aged, staying in the same sins and addictions, for rebuilding my Image. Transition > brings better growth in person, family, and community. What type of resources and materials I must buy in and utilize for the transitioning? A good example could be the make ups we buy to change our face for transitioning! Transfiguration > makes the Image and likeness perfect. Caring and protecting by building shield of Virtues. It is a kind of weather protectant on paintings that the glaze shining will stay for ever.
All these come with a package during this season, we say the three pillars, Prayer, Fasting, and Charity. In the transfiguration story there is yet another statement made by one of our representatives, his name is Peter, always quick to respond but seems not mature enough to be practical! He said, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here!” It can be taken into two sense: one, be stagnant, stubborn, and obstinate, nope, no change, no transformation. The other is, willing to go down (in obedience to the statement of the Father) with Jesus for transformation and transition to be transfigured.
It is indeed good to be here, as you have said, Peter. It is good to be with Jesus and to remain here forever. What greater happiness or higher honor could we have than to be with God, to be made like him and to live in his light? Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. These are the divine wonders we celebrate; this is the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; this is the festival of Christ that has drawn us to this sacred time. Let us listen, then, to the sacred voice of God so compellingly calling us from on high, from the summit of the mountain, so that we may penetrate the deep meaning of these holy mysteries, so far beyond our capacity to express. It is good for us now to listen to him with all heart, mind and soul yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in his radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into his own likeness, making us forever sharers in his Godhead and raising us to heights as yet undreamed of.
Therefore, this season of Lent, “It is good for us to be here”, where all things shine with divine radiance, where there is joy and gladness and exultation; where there is nothing in our hearts but peace, serenity and stillness; where God is visible refashioning our image into Him.
May the Resplendent Radiance of Transfiguration Shine on Us!
Posted on: February 21, 2021
First Week of Lent 2021
Rainbow An Assurance of God's Unconditional Love
First Week of Lent 2021
God is like that showing His ultimate Virtues to creation including human race. The history of Noah from the book of Genesis will help us to know how God is unconditionally everything. The Noah story begins with a notice of the depravity of the people. “When the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth was, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved.” Even still, the goodness of one man, Noah, kept God from destroying mankind. He protected Noah’s family and his creation from the flood. The main point is that God will not give up on man. This is the covenant with Noah and us. God will not give up on us.
The deluge reminds us of the fact that man’s disobedience and disloyalty to the divine Creator who fashioned all and presented gifts of body and mind to humanity as His own, and on the other side the magnanimity and the infinite forgiving mercy of God. He establishes a covenant with Noah, his family and all creatures that came out of the ark. When clouds gather on the sky as it happened before the floods, Noah and his descendants have no need to fear. Among the clouds they will see the colors of the rainbow assuring them that God is mindful of them and of the covenant of life he had promised.
Speaking of God’s promise of Rainbow, the covenant of God and creation specifies the steadfast care of God in mercy and life. To know this, we should also understand a little bit of how a rainbow is formed. A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction, and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.
Light enters a water droplet, slowing down and bending as it goes from air to denser water. The light reflects off the inside of the droplet, separating into its component wavelengths. When light exits the droplet, it makes a rainbow. God’s amazing graces entering the lower surface, the human race, to go through to have the covenant of God, the unconditional, inseparable union. That is the Rainbow of the Lord, that’s the Bow of the Lord. We can see similar Covenantal Relationships throughout Salvation history. It is also explicit that He never made Contracts but always Covenants considering the humanity as equal as Him. Because that is what we are! His amazing image, the Most beautiful of everything.
By this bow God promised Noah and us that he will never give up on us. He loves us too much to give us up. No matter what our particular temptation in life is, we can withstand it as long as we face up to it with Him. We must take responsibility for our actions. Although we are tempted continually, and failed in the past, we have no right to give up on ourselves. We have no right to beat our personalities into submission and consider ourselves unfit to do the right thing. If God refuses to give up on us, then what right do we have to give up on ourselves? We can do it. If we reflect on how easy it is for us to slip into our old habits and have that negative thought that we have no chance of changing, then we have only to look at the Rainbow, keep the Covenant, tireless consistent love of God and know that God will never give up on us. We can change. We must change.
The temptation story of Jesus shows that we can do it. Lenten season is an opportunity to become family of Noah that God will care, protect, and love. Let this Lent for us be a building of Noah’s Arc, the Kingdom Jesus purchased. His love for us makes it possible.
Let the spectrum of Light reflect and shine on us.
Posted on: February 19, 2021
Lent A Season To Admire Beauty Of God In Us
LENT A SEASON TO ADMIRE BEAUTY OF GOD IN US
The world is entering into the season of Lent, a holy and joyful season to lose and gain; to lose the weight of our body and soul, to gain the beautiful image God has fashioned on us which we destroyed through our inhuman (sins) ways. Most of all the religions in the world have this period of purification to be perfect, complete and joy in its full. “Be perfect, therefore, as my Heavenly Father is Perfect”.
What are the action plans we can engage in to achieve this awesomeness of God in us? This is where the season of Lent is a great opportunity to follow and to enjoy the greater Love of God. We speak of threefold pillars of Lent; Prayer, Fasting and Charity. All of these interlinked to achieve the image that was lost. I was talking to my parishioners about a weight loss program. Some of us act like as though we are created to eat and drink only, seems like a survival constant struggle. When we look in the mirror, most of us dislike ourselves. We do not like the way we look. We are spending money and energy buying food and eating much. We then spend more money and energy on weight loss products. Buying into this makes us double losers. If we are into this season, this is the 40 days challenge to lose weight and refashion beauty allowing the toxics of our body and soul to drain. I am talking about healthy way of Fasting to reenergize yourself to live in full strength and to utilize the bigger Talents invested on you by God the Creator. Meanwhile you will build up the Spiritual Beauty too. Second, the other areas of Fasting are from bad behaviors the many things we do on a regular basis. For example, if we have a habit of seeing only negative things, the dark areas of others, not entering our darkest areas. Living to appreciate the amazing beauty God’s creation, not the things we defiled and holding on.
Abstaining from them will lose the weight of our hearts. Every time someone hurts us, every time we are humiliated, and never able to come to a consensus of understanding our own failures, our heart builds up rocks, which can be as large as a mountain. When we fast from our bad habits, we roll down those rocks and take weight off our hearts. Then when we look in the mirror, we see the image of God that we are fashioned in. The three Pillars of Lent will bless us to melt down the rocks in our hearts to rejoice the fullness of God’s Grace. Let us remold our beautiful image by observing this Lent in a creative way. Following is some of the areas we can Feast and Fast during this season of opportunity and blessing.
Fast And Feast
Fast from Suspicion and Feast on Truth, Fast from Complaining and Feast on Appreciation, Fast from Judging and Feast on Christ Within Others, Fast from Idle Gossip and Feast on Purposeful Silence, Fast from Anger and Feast on Forgiveness, Fast from Discouragement and Feast on Hope, Fast from Worry and Feast on Trusting God, Fast from Unrelenting Pressures and Feast on Unceasing Prayer, Fast from Lethargy and Feast on Enthusiasm, Fast from indifferences and Feast on Unity, Fast from Thoughts of Illness and Feast on the Healing Power of God!
Wishing all the readers A Jollyful Season of Lent.