Second Sunday of Lent (Year C) • Faith is believing in things we cannot see. Abraham believes God even though he cannot see the stars. The glory that radiates from Jesus on the mountain has already been radiating through his miracles, love, and mercy. Even when they cannot see the glory of Jesus, the disciples can still follow his voice. "Listen to Him" means more than just hearing, but also doing. It means letting the merciful of God shine through our words and deeds.

Pope Francis shared God's love and mercy in Mexico. He warns us, "A person who only thinks about building walls and not bridges isn't a Christian. This isn't in the Gospel."[ref] Is the love of God shining through Donald Trump? Is the love of God shining through fans at a basketball game? Is it radiating in your life and mine? It's not easy to follow Jesus' message in a dark world. But listening to Him allows us to become a light in the darkness. "When was the last time someone confused you for Jesus?"

(21 Feb 2016)

Point to Ponder: Is there something about Pope Francis that reminds you of Jesus? Is there something about you that reminds others of Jesus?

Point to Discuss: Get a copy of Rediscover Jesus and do a little book study with your spouse or a friend. (this Lent my parishes are giving away free copies of the book)