Second Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2015



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, the second Sunday of Lent, March 1, by Joyce Hollyday. The reflection is from Desert Sojourn: Lent 1991, published by Pax Christi USA. 


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By Joyce Hollyday


Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 | Romans 8:31-34 | Mark 9:2-10


transfiguration Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them... Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three booths: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Mk 9:2, 4-5)


The chapel was quiet, its lights dim. A small wooden altar held a flickering candle and a vial of rose oil. We sat in a circle, close to one another, a the foot of a large crucifix.


Sojourners Community was away on a weekend retreat after a time of brokenness in our life together. That Friday evening last fall, we experienced a time of deep healing. After each of us shared the pain in our hearts, we moved even closer, placing hands on the one who had just spoken, voicing prayers for mercy and comfort, embracing the tears.


A member of the community moved forward after each offering of intercessions, to each of us by turn. Taking our hands into her own, she anointed our palms with oil in the sign of the cross. Voicing our name, she tenderly proclaimed, "We anoint you healer, and healed; one with Christ; together in this community, the body of Christ."...


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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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