The Beloved

Chapter Talks

In today’s gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent what is moving to note is that this is the second and last time we hear God speaking directly and verbally to Jesus in the gospels.  The first time is at Jesus’ baptism: “And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you’” (Mk 1:11).  And then the last time at Jesus’ Transfiguration: “There came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved.  Listen to him’” (Mk 9:8).  What is striking from both events is the love bestowed, and then a love that becomes the bond, that seals the relationship: Father to Son, Son to Father.  From this it becomes clear that God’s gift to us is his beloved Son. These two encounters with God in Jesus’ life are events where the voice of God is saying and confirming to Jesus, ‘You are my beloved Son’.  In today’s gospel God adds: ‘Listen to him’, listen to my beloved Son.  We are thus being invited into relationship with Jesus and through him to God…and we are asked to ‘listen’, to listen to Jesus.

February 28, 2021 Read More

The Transfiguration and the Cross

Chapter Talks

All three synoptic gospels have accounts of the temptations and of Jesus’ transfiguration. What is important to note about todays’ gospel is that all three evangelists precede the account of the Transfiguration with Jesus saying ‘if any want to be a follower of mine they must deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow me’ (Lk 9:23). 

March 17, 2019 Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration

Daily Lectio
Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 54 The Reception of Letters and Gifts in the Monastery
Mass: Da 7:9-10, 13-14; Resp Ps 97; 2 P 1:16-19; Mk 9:2-10


MOUNT TABORMOUNT OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apa
August 06, 2018 Read More

Second Sunday of Lent

Daily Lectio
Readings of the day: RB 19 Our Approach to PrayerMass: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Resp Ps 116; Rm 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10


This is my beloved Son.Listen to him.
Today’s Gospel prompted me to pull out picture postcards from a 2000 pilgrimage to the Holy Land. One of my favorite excursio
February 25, 2018 Read More

Transfiguration - Transformed in Love

Chapter Talks

The gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is always the Transfiguration; it parallels the First Sunday   What immediately precedes the Temptations of Jesus is his baptism in the Jordan.  As Jesus comes up out of the waters he hears the voice of his Abba, ‘You are my beloved Son’.  Michael Casey in his book, Fully Human Fully Divine, transl
February 25, 2018 Read More
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