As we approach Lent's second Sunday, we revisit the story of the Transfiguration from the Gospel of Luke. In this week's clip from CATHOLICISM, Fr. Barron speaks about this particular Gospel passage, reflecting upon the way Peter came to know Christ by falling in love with him, and how this love sent him —and us— on mission.
The readings for this Second Sunday of Lent can be found here.
The video, as well as a series of reflection questions, is offered below.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
1) Two of the most distressing and poignant scenes in the Gospel are Saint Peter’s betrayal of Christ (Luke 22:57-59) and then Christ’s forgiveness of Peter as detailed in the Gospel of John (John 21:15-25). Saint Peter can be accepted as a stand in for humanity in both accounts. What do these scenes reveal about humanity? What do they reveal about the revelation of God in Christ?
2) Saint Peter and Saint Paul represent in their persons two aspects of the mission of the Church—authority and mission. How do both aspects mutually reinforce and support each other?
3) To know Christ means more than just accepting him as a person of historical importance or as a teacher of great spiritual truths. To know Christ means that you love him. What should our love for Christ engender in the concrete circumstances of our lives? How does the Church’s love for Christ manifest itself in the culture?
4) Saint Peter and Saint Paul also represent the mystery of vocation—that Christ will call forth from the Church men and women and set them about a mission that he himself has chosen for them. In what ways does an act of faith that Christ acts in our lives in the mystery of a call to a particular vocation differ from the modern sense of the person as the master of their own life and destiny?
Have a Blessed Second Week of Lent.
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