100 Words – Second Sunday of Lent – “Catching Faith < 1 minute"

Urban mural featuring Leonard Cohen (Photo by Marie-Pierre Ayoul)

Catching Faith < 1 min

By Peter Oliver, Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. –  Mark 9:2-3

Leonard Cohen’s, Hallelujah, has a catchy line:  “Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth / The minor fall and the major lift.”

Mark’s gospel has a catchy line too:  Crucifixion’s a comin, Crucifixion’s a comin, Crucifixion’s a comin.

In-between: A transfiguration and Bless the children.

We also live musical lines: A painful revelation, Your will be done, Let go of self.

In-between: Forgiveness and Eucharistic friendship.

Jesus’ passion and transfiguration aren’t “theological things”, “catechetical reductions.” They’re not head-things.

They’re parts of our redemption song!

“Separation and divorce and remarriage” are also part of the Church’s redemption song.

Let’s listen.

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[This is a weekly blog re-published from www.olivebranchministry.ca with permission from author Peter Oliver. Each post is exactly 100 words.]