Thank you to all who so generously gave to the WINTER WOES Collection. The weekend of February 21/22 $2,314 was collected. Put your donation in an envelope marked “Winter Woes” (and with your name & envelope number if you use envelopes) if you still plan to donate. We are very grateful to your continued support of St. Thomas More Parish. We have been doing our best to keep the Church property clear of snow and ice this winter. It is still important to be extremely careful when entering and exiting the church. Please accompany children in the parking lot at all times. Remember, if there is no school because of inclement weather, there is no 9 AM daily Mass. Please be wise and safe during this very challenging winter!
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT: TRANSFIGURATION
As the Transfiguration points us symbolically beyond the event to the Resurrection itself, so we pray at Mass each day after the Lord's prayer, "Deliver us, Lord from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ."
In Mark's Gospel we have moved from the Lord's Temptation in the desert to the call of the Disciples to this gift of hope on the mountain top. Jesus reveals God's very nature-- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is made visible for all the world to see. It will be the call of the disciples, and all those who follow them, to make this gift of God known. Saint Augustine, writes, "What this sun is to the eyes of the flesh, that is the Lord to the eyes of the heart." (Sermon 28)
Moses and Elijah point us to the final gift of the Resurrection that comes to us in the Lord's Resurrection, but what you and I will wait for on the last day. There is a prophecy given by these two prophets about what Jesus will do and a prefigurement for what will come. Moses was laid to rest, Elijah was carried up in a whirlwind. We are caught up in both realities and the longing for heaven that comes from them, and so we pray that our Lenten journey be peaceful, fruitful and renew us and our faith community. In His Lenten Love, Fr. Sean
USE THIS LINK FOR FULL MESSAGE AND A PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL FOR LENT