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Sunday, March 7, 2004

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Second Sunday of Lent


Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Psalm 27
Luke 9:28-36

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love and daily dyings

"Unfortunately, many go about in a way which shows them to be enemies of the cross of Christ." —Philippians 3:18

Jesus commanded us to take up our crosses each day (Lk 9:23). A cross is only for the purpose of causing a person's death. A daily cross is daily dying to self. This is the ultimate life of love, which is the greatest expression of freedom. However, a life of daily crosses and daily dyings requires so much love that we may not choose this love-life and thereby be paralyzed by selfishness and fear. Only by obeying the Lord can we be set free to choose the way of daily crosses, the way of love.

Jesus takes us up Transfiguration mountain where the veil is removed from the hidden Christ (see Col 3:3) of faith so that we can see the transfigured Christ of glory. This may happen through the sacraments, the Bible, the poor, a healing, a miracle, a marriage, a birth, a blessing, or other spiritual experiences. When we see Christ transfigured, we are led to receive a new Pentecost. Then the Spirit proclaims that Jesus is Lord (1 Cor 12:3). Knowing not only in our heads but also in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we listen to Jesus (Lk 9:35) — even about the love-life of daily crosses and daily dyings. In submission to the transfigured Lord Jesus, we are free to love as He loved — even to death on the cross.

Prayer:  Father, by obedience to the truth purify me for genuine love (1 Pt 1:22).

Promise:  "You whom I so love and long for, you who are my joy and my crown, continue, my dear ones, to stand firm in the Lord." —Phil 4:1

Praise:  Praise Jesus, transfigured, crucified, risen, and glorified God!

Reference:  (To learn more about the Bible to die to self daily, we have a forty-tape audio series of teachings on the New Testament. To start, order the four tapes covering Matthew, #700, 701, 702, and 703.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Richard Walling, July 18, 2003


Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 24, 2003