March 8, 2020

MARCH 8, 2020
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

OUR CALL AND JOURNEY – LOVE IN ACTION

During this Season of Lent, you are invited to participate in our theme: Our Call and Journey – Love in Action through: Homilies, Bulletin & Website articles, YouTube presentations –
(YouTube.com/stphilipclifton), and by performing Acts of Love (forms of Lenten penance).

THEME HISTORY
Shortly before our parish fire in 2018 we began the process of designing Stained Glass Windows as a celebration of our 75th Jubilee Year. With the prayerful input of our Liturgical Design Committee, Liturgical Architect and the artists Butler/Vargo, Inc., Indianapolis, IN., thirteen windows are designed and in production with an estimated installation in June.

CALL, JOURNEY AND MISSION – LOVE IN ACTION

THE IMAGE
The image depicted above is a close-up photograph of Stained Glass Window I, which shows the hand of Christ and a profile of the hand of the artist Brad Butler using an artist’s cloth while working on the window. The symbolism of Christ’s hand and the artist’s hand touching is an example of Brad using his gifts and talents to be Love in Action through his work. The image of the completed window (which will be shown in a few weeks) depicts Jesus reaching out his hand to Call our Parish patron St. Philip to do Christ’s work. We, like St. Philip and our artist Brad, are Called by Christ to Journey hand in hand with the Lord and with each other. We are Called to live our lives using our gifts and talents to do Christ’s Work by being Love in Action in our words and deeds.

Reflection on Journey – Week III
Calvin takes his 91-year-old grandmother to have her hair cut, set and shaped. As Granny’s chair is twirled around for her to see her new look, the hair stylist says, “Oh, you look ten years younger!” The grandmother wrinkles up her nose at her image in the mirror and sighs. “What’s the matter?” they ask her. Granny says, “Who wants to look 81!”
At any age change is inevitable. Part of our human condition is the constant transformation of our bodies, minds, hearts and spirits. Often, we focus on the negative aspects of change particularly aging. I am sure that if asked to reflect on her life, the Granny in the story would be able to list many positive changes in character, in wisdom and in her ability to love and understand for which she could be grateful.
Today’s Gospel tells the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. The Transfiguration points to the transformation that we, made in the image and likeness of God, experience through the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our journey in life begins with our creation by God in Glory. Through our lives we grow in love, wisdom and understanding through our joys, sorrows, sacrifice and sufferings. God’s power is at work in us as we are forgiven, healed and empowered through Scripture, Sacraments and our Christian community. As we embrace our spiritual selves we can gratefully say, “Here I am Lord, sharing your gifts as I hold your people in my heart.” One day through our embrace of the Paschal Mystery we, like Christ, suffer, die and are reborn again in Glory. Our journey is from Glory to Glory.

Reflection on how we are being transformed into the image and likeness of Christ is a central part of our spiritual journey. We examine our conscience to find areas where we may be sinful or in need of God’s healing touch. It is also vital to examine our conscience to acknowledge the power of God at work in our life Transfiguring us as we live our lives as Love in Action. Scripture encourages us to reflect on the positive work of God’s strong hand embracing us in our works of love.

Scripture Reflection
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is admirable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing these things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in God, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4: 4, 8, 9)

Prayer Practice
Prayerfully place yourself in God’s presence. Read carefully the following list of positive character traits. Circle or check the ones that have, do or hopefully will reflect God at work in your mind, heart, spirit and action. Thank God for God’s transforming Grace on the journey and ask God for healing and strength to embrace further transformation on your journey from Glory to Glory.

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