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Reflection for Feb. 28, 2021

Reflection for Feb. 28, 2021

Blind faith

Readings are a call to walk by faith, not  by sight

by Renae Bauer

The word “blinding” comes to mind as I read Sunday’s First Reading and Gospel. The first recounts Abraham’s blind faith in God to the point of Abraham nearly sacrificing his son, Isaac. The Gospel takes us to the scene of the Transfiguration where Jesus’ clothes become “dazzling” or blinding white. Together, the readings cause me to think about how I see my faith journey.

  1. Do I trust God completely especially when I can't see or understand what's going on?
  2. Do I recognize Jesus for who He is?
  3. Where or how can I “shine the light” of faith, justice and peace during Lent?


02/26/2021 9:47 am

I really like this visual image for the Transfiguration - a good portrayal of the blinding light! Thank you for your questions for reflection. Very fitting.

02/26/2021 1:03 pm

The word, "blinding ....." Hmmmm .... yes, definitely something to think about in that word. It makes me think of Saul and his companions, who were "blinded by the Light," as Saul encountered The Living Christ on his way to Damascus.

"As they were traveling closer to Damascus, at about noon, (Acts 22:6) suddenly a light came shining around Saul from heaven. The light was brighter than the normal afternoon sun. (Acts 9:4) Saul fell to the ground and Jesus said to him: 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' "

It seems to me that these two stories - the Transfiguration, and Saul's blinding conversion experience - have something more in common than I never realized before, thanks to your emphasis on the word, "blinding," Renae.

It makes me think, too, of the "blind spots" in my life. And I realize how much I need G O D's Light, G O D 's grace, to help me see more clearly, to be transfigured, along with Christ -- and Saul -- so that I, too, might live more "in the Light" every day, freed and healed from those "blind spots" that cause suffering and hurt in others.

Thank you for helping me make another Lenten prayer this week, Renae: "Free me from my blind spots, LORD. I want to see YOU more and more in others, in Creation, and in the stories and experiences of my life. Even in those places where I wouldn't expect you to be, or where I have not yet seen or recognized you. Come, Holy Spirit ....."

"On the Road to Damascus , Saul and his companions were struck down by a blinding light. Saul heard a voice say, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:4, NIV) When Saul asked who was speaking, the voice replied: 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.' "

Deacon Anthony Mammoliti
02/27/2021 7:13 am

Thought provoking reflection questions. I think it was Abraham, not Moses who was going to sacrifice his son. I trust it was a typo on your part

Renae Bauer
02/27/2021 7:23 am

Thank you, Deacon, for mentioning the error. It has been corrected.

02/27/2021 11:41 am

Always enjoy the weekly comments and thoughts. Thanks, Sisters and all

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