March 17, 2019

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

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Christ Be Our Light: Week III

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Reflection Story

Ten Fingers are Overrated
Jayce was a bubbly boy until his first day in kindergarten. Returning home, he asked his mother, “why did God make me with no left arm?” His heartbroken mother was in the dark about that question herself. Instead of asking why, she asked who, what, where, when and how can I help my son? The mother did some research and found a 6 foot 3 inch, eighth grade basketball player named Trashaun who was also missing his right arm. A meeting was arranged for the boys. A bright light came into both of their lives when through sharing the darkness of their disability they saw a dawning of hope and courage. The boys played basketball and exchanged T-shirts that read, “Ten Fingers are Overrated.” (adapted:rd.com/9-2018)

The darkness of Jayce’s perspective was changed because another boy shared his experience, strength and hope. Instead of asking why, the boys asked every other question to bring light to their situation while accepting the dark moments. Surely both would face challenges in the future but once they had shared the light of each other, they no longer feared the darkness.

Light and darkness coexist in our lives. In our dark moments of fear, doubt, frustration and disappointment there is always some good news, a little light helping us to see. In darkness, we can invite Christ to be our light. We place our hope and trust that God will shed light on our situation if not now, then eventually. Dawn always follows the dark. In our light times we give God thanks and celebrate these moments of joy and peace. Day and night, light and darkness, the rhythm of the tides and the changing seasons mirror our human experience of inevitable change. Seeking the light of Christ in darkness gives us hope; being light for others in their darkness gives us joy.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples witness the bright light of Christ in the Transfiguration. The pattern of light and darkness is in the story. The disciples are in the dark about the full truth of Christ’s light of Divinity. They experience the light of Christ on the mountaintop but will soon journey to the dark valley where their doubts and fears about Christ will resume. The pattern of light and darkness mirrors our experience – we trust in the dark and we celebrate in the light by reaching out to help others in darkness.

Reflection Questions
1. What areas in your life are you experiencing as darkness? Where are fears and doubts most evident? Don’t ask why but rather who, what, where, when or how are you helping me Lord. Take a moment to share this darkness with Christ your light.
2. What areas in your life are you experiencing the bright promise of hope and joy? What is the good news in your life worthy of celebration? Thank God for these experiences.
3. Who is the Lord inviting you to help in their darkness?

Suggested Prayer Activity
Choose an activity every day and use your non-dominant hand. In your struggle to have a “five fingered experience” pray for those who suffer from disabilities and find their physicality challenging every day. As you experience frustration because of your clumsiness pray for the sick, those who care for them, people who are disabled through addiction. Pray that you may grow in compassion for others.
What one action can you perform this week to be a light in someone else’s darkness?
Ten fingers may be overrated but the power of prayer and compassionate action to help others can never be overrated and is appreciated by Christ our Light for all eternity.

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