This weekend we heard from Genesis, The Philippians and from Luke.
In Genesis, God is speaking to Abram. God formed the covenant then and their that he would have to keep... forever. God starts off by calling Abram. Abram listens and so, God calls him to go out side and count the stars. ( interesting) Every single star. God promises that he will have that many descendants! (Thats a lot)
But, why would Abram care about descendants. He WANTS children now, not in a thousand years... (well he is already pretty old) God promises this simple because Sarai couldn't have children. So God was making Abram put his faith in God that he will have that many descendants.
Jesus is the assurance of this covenant. He brings us a new sign. The Body and Blood of Christ which we experience at mass from The Last supper.
Jesus choose 3 disciples. Peter, John and James to come and experience Jesus Divinity. While on earth, Jesus did show several times that he was divinity to- not just human. Peter, John and James kept this experience to them selves. Marking a personal experience with Jesus. They never told anyone, has they were revealed that this was God's Son: Jesus the Christ.
In the Gospel, we hear that Jesus appearance of his face changed and his clothes became as bright has lightning. In Exodus, we are told that Moses had to cover his face because he had spoken to God, and it was bright. Everyone who would have see God would have died... Besides Moses that is. Jesus appears to Moses and Elijah. Talking about what? Jesus suffering. Jesus wanted his glory to be shown, but before he could do that, he had to go through the suffering, and passion of the cross. Everyone had found this out, at the time when Jesus died... The curtain of the Holy of Holys' was broken. Which Moses and Elijah made well known to him.
While all this was going on, James, John, and Peter where sleeping... Spiritually They could not see that this was going, until they were wide away and saw Jesus in his full glory. How could someone be asleep at such a time?!? They were spoken to by God saying, " This is my Son whom I have chosen: Listen to him!"
That is the second time we hear God speak... The same thing. ( What I never got was why in the Red Print bible, they red print Jesus' words but not Gods.... Interesting) God, wants people to see Jesus for he who really is. Well wouldn't you if you sent your only Son into the world to be killed?
In the first reading (Genesis) Abram is basically asking God, " How can I Be SURE that YOU will keep your promise?" It's just like if I lent you a movie, and then you asked, " How can I be sure you will return it to me? Isn't that silly? Yeah, it seems silly, but we ALL have our moments of doubt. Yes, even one of the Patriarchs...
Jesus was changed. His clothes were bright as lightning. So must we change. This lent we are called to change. In one way or another. Either giving something up or making a difference in our life. But we are called to be changed. We are also called to listen to God. Go to him without doubt and listen to his plan for us!