Take Some Time

Dear Friends,

Well the parade may have been held last Sunday in Philadelphia but today (Sunday) is the official day for the “wearin’ o’ the green.” Happy Saint Patrick’s day to one and all. May the intercession of Saint Patrick bring renewed vigor, energy and healing to all of us as we continue on our Lenten journey 2019.

This weekend’s Gospel is the Transfiguration of our Lord. It is a wonderful revelation of Jesus who is truly God and truly Man. One of the daily Lenten emails I receive is from Redeemed Online. It includes a short reflection and a video on a different topic daily. On the topic of “why is Mass so important,” they quoted this from Saint Francis of Assisi ~ “Let the entire man be seized with fear; let the whole world tremble; let heaven exult when Christ, the Son of the Living God is on the altar in the hands of the priest. O admirable height and stupendous condescension! O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! ~ that the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our

salvation He hides Himself under a morsel of bread.”

Saint Francis was a poet and lyricist, singing the praises of God throughout his humble life of service. His poetic side is revealed in the above but even more so we grasp the intensity of his faith and his profound insight into the mystery of the Altar when the risen Lord Jesus makes Himself available to us. It strikes me that this profound truth and mystery is at the very central core of our Lenten journey and experience. May we ponder this reality over and again in these days as we respond to the Father’s voice, “This is my chosen Son, listen to Him.”

If we are going to listen to Jesus, we will need to make some room in our hectic schedules, take some time for silence and solitude, make the effort to pull away from the hustle and bustle, so as to consciously be in His presence and hear Him within our souls. Jesus does speak to us, quietly. He whispers, so the effort to still ourselves will indeed bring blessings.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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