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Gospel Reflections for March 12

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

March 12, 2017 —Second Sunday of Lent

Matthew 17:1-9
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Timmy had a collection of beautiful marbles. His little sister, Meg, received a box of candy on her birthday from Grandma. Timmy offered to trade his marbles for the candy. Meg went to her room and took out the candy. She looked at it and thought, “I don’t want to give up this candy, but those marbles are so beautiful.” So she gave Timmy the candy. He took it to his room and got out the marbles. He looked at them and thought, “I don’t want to give up the marbles, but this candy will taste so good.” So he picked out the best of the marbles and put them under his pillow, then gave the rest to his sister. That night, Meg slept soundly, but Timmy couldn’t get to sleep. Do you know why? Because he kept thinking, “I wonder if she gave me all her candy."

In today’s Gospel Jesus is transfigured before the apostles as Son of God. Jesus instructs them to tell the vision to no one until he rises from the dead, probably because no one could believe in the Resurrection until it happened. As the events of his passion and death unfolded, the apostles abandoned Jesus. They recovered their faith only when Jesus appeared to them on Easter Sunday. Then they gave everything, even their lives, for the Lord.

Jesus has promised to give us peace of heart here, victory over suffering and death, and eternal life in heaven. But unless we “give all the marbles to Jesus,” unless we give Jesus everything, we’ll have doubts about him. We’ll hold back. We won’t enjoy the happiness and peace only Jesus can give.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal put her life in God’s hands. She suffered the pain of Calvary and shared the glory of Christ’s Resurrection. She will help us put all our trust in Jesus. As Lent continues, let’s ask Mary to intercede for us so that we can give Jesus everything and come to the fullness of Easter joy.  

Read last week's reflection.