3/17/19

Mar 11, 2019

The Light is on!

On Tuesday, March 19, most Catholic Churches in the nineteen counties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will participate in the “Light is on” program.  That night, every Catholic Church will attempt to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation available from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.   I will hear confessions at Sacred Heart from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Father Dennis will be available from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at St. Ann.

This is a great time to invite someone who has been away from the Church for some time to re-engage. 

CMA

Special thanks to all who donated to help us reach our target for CMA for 2019.  From this point forward, the parish receives a rebate for every dollar given to the Archdiocesan CMA.  We stand at approximately 18% participation.   Even a very small gift increases our participation calculation. 

Stations of the Cross

Fr. Tharp will pray the Stations of the Cross with Benediction at St. Ann on the Fridays during Lent (not Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m.   and Stations of the Cross and Benediction at Sacred Heart during Lent (not on Palm Sunday) on Sunday Afternoons at 3:00 p.m. 

The lay presiders at Sacred Heart will have Stations of the Cross lead by the Laity on the Friday evenings during Lent (not Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m. (No Benediction) 

Reflection on Scripture

The account of the Transfiguration appears in all three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36) but not in John’s gospel, even though the Synoptic authors say he was there.  Some scholars speculate that this is because a vision of transfiguration fits in an “inaugurated” eschatological model, while it fits far less comfortably in a “realized” eschatological model.  Regardless of the exegetical analysis, the Transfiguration is named as the fourth of the Luminous Mysteries, and is a pinnacle moments in the disciple’s understanding that Jesus their master is the Son of God. 

Therefore the vision of the Transfiguration is a revelation of the divinity of Jesus.   For the one or many to whom it has been revealed, their perception has changed forever.  Now they know something that changes everything.  In the same way, once we have received the grace of the sacraments, nothing will ever be the same again.  We are ontologically changed by God’s grace. 

Jesus showed us the truth about him in the Transfiguration.  Jesus is the truth whose grace is communicated to us in the Sacraments so we may be transformed. 

Next Weekend: Third Sunday of Lent

Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15

1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12

Lk 13:1-9

Theme:  We are all sinners.  Without Jesus, we are all in a sinking boat of sin.