News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2021: The Second Sunday of Lent
This week the Prime Minister set out the Government's “road map” out of lockdown. It is certainly good to have something to look forward to, even if it is still some weeks off before any sense of “normality” is resumed. But we have been given some signposts to what we can expect over the next three or four months.
In many ways, the Good News in our Gospel reading this Sunday is also a road map or signpost to Easter, which is still some weeks away. The Gospel on the Second Sunday of Lent is always the Gospel of The Transfiguration (whether we are reading from Matthew, Mark or Luke). Jesus chooses three very close friends to take with him on this divine encounter. Peter, James and John climb up a high mountain, whereupon Jesus is transfigured “his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus”.
As if this wasn't sufficient, a voice from the cloud was heard to say: “This is My Son, The Beloved. Listen to Him.”
Jesus swears them to secrecy until “the Son of Man had risen from the dead” but it is clear that they don't understand. We are in a much better position. We know what is to come. We can see how Jesus is the culmination of The Law (represented by Moses) and The Prophets (represented by Elijah). And we know the suffering that Jesus is to endure before he can rise from the dead on that first Easter Day.
It was very special to have been able to welcome the Bishop of Fulham to St. Mary's last Sunday, as we all started our “road map out of Lent”. At the end of Mass, just before the blessing, + Jonathan said: “Go well this Lent and know that The Lord walks with you.” We are all on different journeys; in our family lives, our social lives, our working lives, our spiritual lives. Yet whatever challenges we must overcome as we head towards Easter and as we head towards a more open society post-Covid, let us be re-assured in the love that God has for us. “This is My Son, The Beloved. Listen to Him.”
The first Mass of the Second Sunday of Lent is on Saturday 27th February at 6.00pm. The Parish Mass on Sunday 28th February is at 10.30am when we shall be welcoming Fr Leslie Drake as our Celebrant and Preacher. Please remember that there are many resources to help us through Lent and prepare ourselves properly for Easter, including A Covenant with God.
Go well this Lent and know that The Lord walks with you. (+ J)