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Second Sunday in Lent: Daily Lenten Meditations

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He said to them that day when evening was come: “Let us go over to the other side.” And soon the little boat was slipping quietly over the waters bound for the farther shore.

A beautiful picture, the Gentle Master at close of day inviting the Twelve, His chosen ones, to leave the scenes of their toils and troubles and come with Him to a place apart over the lake to the farther shore.

A beautiful picture, indeed, and one full of fruitful suggestion. Life’s day, too, as every other day, shall have its evening. The shadows of twilight shall steal softly about me telling me gently that the day is done, and in the gloaming shall come Jesus, the Gentle Master, whispering to me the same invitation once heard by the Apostles: “Let us go over to the other side.” And will it not be good to hear that invitation!

“Let us go over to the other side.” How blessed it will be in the deepening twilight of life’s evening hours, when all of this world’s sights are fading slowly from my view to clasp the hand of the Gentle Master and, in the security of His sacred presence, travel to the shore of eternity!

Yes, a blessed, heartening thought indeed! Life may have its sufferings and sorrows. Bitter pains may rack my body or cruel pangs may harrow my soul; the dregs of the cup of bitterness may oft-times be my portion, but, blessed thought, the evening of life will come on apace and with it the voice of the Gentle Master lovingly calling: Come, let us go over to the other shore, the blessed shore of eternity.

Jesus, Gentle Master, have mercy on us.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL: Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE: 1 Thess. 4:1-7

God our Creator and our Lord “hath called us not unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Brethren: We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus that, as you have received from us, how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, your sanc-tification: that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God: and that no man overreach nor circumvent his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before and have testified.
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

GOSPEL: Mt. 17:1-9

Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Thabor: manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.

At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them.
And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow.
And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him.
And Peter answer-ing said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them.
And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face and were very much afraid.
And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one, but only Jesus.
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man till the Son of man be risen from the dead.

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