“Jesus waits for us, especially in this time of Lent, to speak with us. Let us pause for a moment in silence in our room, or in a church or in a secluded place. Through our Lenten observance may all of us be renewed in the grace of our baptism and prepare with hearts renewed to celebrate the gift of new life at Easter” ~ Pope Benedict XVI on 27 March 2011
Sunday brought wonderful weather and I had to take Nico to see the view of the city prior to going to Mass. So we ascended on Twin Peaks to catch one of the most popular sites for tourist who make their way to the Bay Area. The view point was vacant and we found ourselves simply gazing over the magnificent city as the majority of its inhabitants remained asleep.
This past Sunday the account of the Lord’s Transfiguration was proclaimed (Mark 9.2-10). Jesus ascends and descends with his disciples from the mountain. In the Old Testament, the mount was the place where one encountered God. In life, we will face many moments when we ascend in success, fame, prestige. There will be other moments when we descend in failures, disappointments, and lost. Regardless, Jesus journeys with us, before us, and behind us. He assures us of his presence and that he remains the one in charge of our lives, shepherding us and providing for all our needs.
Jerusalem was set on a hill. The readings in Lent now point to Jerusalem and the Lord’s ultimate sacrifice. To simply stop here, our faith would be in vain. Rather, we must look to where we are really headed: the empty tomb, the feast of Easter.
We continue through Lent remembering the catechumens and those preparing for full communion into the Church. Ascend and descend with the God of love and mercy.