Each week during Lent, you will find a new set of Meditations for the Lenten season posted here.
2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)
February 27-28, 2021
Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10
I once read these powerful words…
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light,not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God…We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Transfiguration happens when some inner quality or hidden potential of a person comes to light. And when those persons allow that true potential to come to light, they are transformed, they show their “true colors”.
The readings from Genesis and Mark present two stories of transfiguration. Abraham is put through a test of faith and is transformed from being a mere shepherd to becoming the father of a great nation. Jesus is transfigured before the eyes of three of His disciples from being merely an itinerant preacher to being the Savior of the World. These readings and this season of Lent offer us an invitation to also accept the test of faith and become transformed into the person we are meant to be. Lent is the opportunity to address the ILLUSIONS which we all have.
Jesus climbed the mountain to pray and his prayer was so intense that his destiny became visible. As Jesus prays, he experiences a further inner assurance of who he was meant to be. His face glowed with a new realization that his ascent to the Mount of Transfiguration was indeed a saving action. He will, of necessity, die in Jerusalem, but that will not be the final word. Passion, crucifixion and death are but a part of the scenario. Resurrection is the final word. And that word belongs to God.
As usual, that insight eludes the three disciples, and also as usual, Peter puts his foot in his mouth, saying, “Let’s set up camp, let’s stay on this mountain.” Peter may have been impetuous, but he was not stupid. He, no doubt, recalled Jesus’ words that anyone who loses his life will save it; that followers of Jesus must carry their cross; that Jesus himself will be killed. Knowing all that, why leave the “awesome” mountain?
But the message of the transfiguration was not to settle in …but to move on.
The Voice of God says from the cloud, “This is my chosen Son, listen to him.” LISTEN? It is not sufficient to experience the glory of God on the mountain. We must come down, continue our journey of faith and accept our destiny. IF we listen to Jesus, we WILL hear again the prediction of his passion and crucifixion. To LISTEN to Jesus is to embrace suffering and death. But to LISTEN to Jesus is ALSO to experience Easter.
In these remaining days of Lent, let us embrace the message of the Transfiguration to move on... Let us delve into our inner selves, recognize the ILLUSIONS present and embrace the person we were meant to be. When we let our light shine, then Jesus will reveal the Glory of God on Easter.
Until then … let us break bread and bless the cup.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new PAC took place on Sunday, February 22nd after the 11am mass. The event was broadcast live on Facebook, and you can access the video at the link below.
Each week during Lent, you will find a new set of Meditations for the Lenten season posted here.
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February 17, 2021
Greetings and welcome to the “doorstep” to the Lenten Season 2021! I hope this finds you well and warm. There are a few things that I would like to share with you today.
First, we are days away from the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Parish Activity Center (as well as renovations of the old parish hall). Archbishop Kurtz is scheduled to be here for the 11AM mass and then ceremonies will follow. We are in hopes that this short ceremony will be made available to everyone through Facebook and our website. Come celebrate what you have achieved! It has been five years in the making and now we want to plant the seeds of this building and give God thanks for all that He makes possible.
Secondly, please say a prayer for the Selection Committee (as always, all three non-parishioners) for The Pat French Scholarship recipient. The committee has their work cut out for them in selecting the 2021 recipient. Five of our high school seniors have applied and all are very quality individuals who have exceedingly bright futures in whatever each hopes to become. These are the candidates in alphabetical order: Aeron Adams, Madelyn Clan, Bryce Clements, Grace McCarter and Pierce Williams. I know that you may know any one of them well and you can see what I mean when saying, the best of the best have surfaced. Beyond the scholarship, please keep them in prayer as they come closer to graduation and future studies this spring. We are all the better for having them in our faith family… always.
Thirdly, an anonymous donor has purchased over 100 copies of a book entitled “Trouble with Lent: The Adventures of Nick and Sam” by Paul McCusker, This Augustine Institute publication is written for young people of middle and late grade school age. ANY of our young people are welcomed to a FREE copy of this book. Please let the office know so that a copy can be obtained. As stated on the back of the book, “Giving up chocolate and hamburgers are only part of the trouble as Sam becomes her class contestant in the school spelling bee and Nick gets distracted by a new friend who is determined to find a Big Foot creature. Three are temptations to be fought, lessons to be learned, and danger on the ice in this fun and touching lead-up to Easter Sunday.” Reserve your copy today!!
Fourthly, we have found a new Pastoral Associate. Her name is Paula Silliman and she will be coming to us as she completes her work as the Pastoral Associate from St. Ignatius Parish. Paula, her husband Ben and their children are parishioners of St. Gabriel Parish and we will welcome Paula on March 1st! God has answered our prayers for this key role in parish leadership. Welcome Paula!
Lastly, thanks again for all your fine stewardship in Time, Talent and Treasure. As a reminder, please return your Stewardship Intention Cards as soon as possible and thanks to all 147 of 850 who have already done so…
In a prayerful Lenten Season,
For convenience, religious education parents can now pay their child(ren)’s student fees online. By clicking on the link below, it will take you to the different fees and walk you through processing your credit or debit card. We appreciate your help in offsetting curriculum and classroom fees, and look forward to having your child(ren) in our program!
Guidelines for Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church 2020
First and foremost, Archbishop Kurtz has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend MASS on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Louisville until further notice. Anyone over the age of 65 is encouraged to continue attending MASS as found at www.archlou.org/COVID-19 and ease into your return at your convenience at a later time.
You are encouraged to take your own temperature before coming to MASS. If you are sick you need to stay home at this time. As we have been doing, one can share Spiritual Communion at a virtual MASS. It is strongly encouraged to protect one another and follow the guidelines of the Commonwealth and wear a mask or face covering at all times (and gloves if you choose). Masks are available at the exits; homemade and bought.
Doors will be propped open upon your arrival. In order to fulfill ‘social distancing’, our church seating is that families are directed to sit together in one pew. Every second/third pew is reserved for that purpose. All individuals are asked to sit at least 6 feet apart at Mass. Since our church officially seats 750, we are allowed to use approximately 200 seats per MASS in keeping with Commonwealth guidelines. In order to comply, a third mass of 11:00 AM is being added to the schedule (until at least the end of September). Seating will be first come, first served.
Please take and use an Order of Worship found at all entrances. Please discard them after the MASS in trash receptacles at the exits. All song books are in storage.
Hand sanitizer is made available at all three exits (Foamy IQ which is a foam disinfectant).
The collection of tithing and donations will be taken during Communion. Please place your donations in the basket provided by the usher. Thank you for sharing.
Please ‘stagger’ your exit from the church so as to keep ‘social distance’ when leaving. For those who wish to visit at the end of mass, please do so outside… for now.
Thank you for complying with these rules and guidelines. They come from four sources: the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Archbishop and Archdiocese of Louisville, the faith-family of SFX and Father Dale Cieslik, pastor.
God bless! Pray unceasingly for a vaccine to COVID-19.
As an alternative to attending Mass, Catholics may watch the Mass of the Air. It is broadcast:
- 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the Faith Channel (Spectrum channel 19) and streamed on the Faith Channel at www.faithtvlive.com.
- 10:30 a.m. on WHAS-TV (channel 11) and whas11.com under the “Live Video” tab.
- 9 a.m. on WBKI-TV (Spectrum Channel 7).
Other resources for virtual masses include the following:
- Cathedral of the Assumption 12:00 noon Sundays – watch live or recorded here.
- St. James Parish (Elizabethtown) – has the Sunday Mass by 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, here (YouTube) or here (parish website). The Mass also airs on Comcast CH 2 at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
- Mass with Pope Francis here.
- Word on Fire Daily Mass posted by 8:15 a.m. each day. See here.
- Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.) Mass live streamed each Sunday at 12 Noon here.