Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church

151 W. Alejo Rd.

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-325-3816

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Second Sunday of Lent

     Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma

February 25, 2024

     25 de febrero de 2024




"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."


"Éste es mi Hijo amado; escúchenlo".


Fr. Luis' Bulletin Article / Artículo del Boletín del P. Luis: 

SEGUNDO DOMINGO DE CUARESMA 2024

Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas, el domingo pasado fuimos invitados a ir con Jesús al desierto y aprender de él la manera para vencer las tentaciones. Este segundo domingo de cuaresma somos invitados como sus íntimos amigos a acompañarlo a la cima de la montaña para ser testigos de su transfiguración divina y escuchar las palabras del Padre que nos invitan a reconocerlo como su hijo y a poner atención a lo que él nos quiera decir. Algunas preguntas para reflexionar hoy: ¿Has visto a Jesús transfigurarse algún día? ¿Tienes algún lugar especial “una montaña” dónde sientes la presencia de Dios y su llamado a ser mejor persona? ¿Crees que la oración y la eucaristía te ayudan a ser mejor reflejo de la presencia de Dios?

 

Abraham es conocido en la historia de la salvación como el padre de la fe no sólo por haber scuchado la voz de Dios, sino por haber estado dispuesto a cumplir su voluntad sin importar cuanto le costara. En la lectura de hoy lo vemos dispuesto a sacrificar a su hijo obedeciendo un mandato de Dios, quien al final, le ayuda a entender que no es necesario el sacrificio de su hijo para hacer alianza con él. Sólo necesita la disposición de su corazón y la apertura para hacer su voluntad. La fe implica confianza en Dios y disposición para hacer lo que él nos pida sin importar lo que cueste. San Pablo les recuerda a los romanos que con Dios a su favor no deben temer a nada, ya que con el sacrificio de su Hijo el

Padre ha mostrado cuanto está dispuesto a hacer por nuestra salvación. El evangelio nos habla de la transfiguración de Jesús. Del momento especial en el que tres de sus discípulos subieron con él a una montaña alta y pudieron contemplar la divinidad de Jesús en su humanidad, el cielo en la tierra. El centro del relato se encuentra en la voz que sale del cielo y dice “este es mi hijo, el escogido, escúchenlo”.

 

Jesús no se quedó con sus discípulos en la montaña para siempre, los invitó a descender de ella para continuar la vida cotidiana, fortalecidos en la fe y dispuestos a ser ellos mismos imagen de Dios y así llevar a otros a la experiencia de la fe. Lo mismo estamos nosotros invitados a vivir, ser instrumentos de Dios para que otros puedan acercarse a Cristo a través de nuestro testimonio. El cristiano tiene muchos lugares que pueden ser su “montaña de la transfiguración”. La eucaristía es por excelencia el lugar de la transfiguración del Señor, en ella, el simple pan y el vino se convierten en el cuerpo y la sangre de Jesús; quien después de alimentarnos con su palabra, con su cuerpo y su sangre, nos invita a volver a nuestra cotidianidad, transfigurados y llenos de su amor para dar testimonio en el mundo de su presencia. Es importante recordar que la Transfiguración fue un momento de preparación y consuelo tanto para Jesús como para algunos de sus apóstoles para que tuvieran fe y valor en el momento de afrontar su Pasión y Muerte, y no cayeran en la desesperación. Fue un regalo de fortaleza que Dios les concedió. No olvidemos mis queridos hermanos y hermanas que, a través de la oración constante y la compañía de los Santos, de la santísima virgen y los ángeles, Dios Padre puede cambiar nuestras vidas y reflejar su Divinidad en nosotros que somos sus hijos e hijas. Amén

-P. Luis


SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT 2024

My dear brothers and sisters, last Sunday we were invited to go with Jesus into the desert and learn from him the way to overcome temptations. This second Sunday of Lent we are invited as his close friends to accompany him to the top of the mountain to witness his divine transfiguration and listen to the Father's words that invite us to recognize him as his son and to pay attention to what he wants to tell us. . Some questions to reflect on today: Have you ever seen Jesus transfigured? Do you have a special place “a mountain” where you feel the presence of God and his call to be a better person? Do you think that prayer and the Eucharist help you to be a better reflection of God's presence?

 

Abraham is known in salvation history as the father of faith not only for having heard the voice of God, but for having been willing to fulfill his will no matter how much it cost him. In today's reading we see him willing to sacrifice his son, obeying a command from God, who in the end helps him understand that the sacrifice of his son is not necessary to make an alliance with him. He only needs the willingness of his heart and the openness of him to do his will. Faith implies trust in God and willingness to do what he asks of us no matter what it costs. Saint Paul reminds the Romans that with God in his favor they should fear nothing, since with the sacrifice of his Son the Father has shown how much he is willing to do for our salvation. The gospel tells us about the transfiguration of Jesus. Of the special moment in which three of his disciples climbed a high mountain with him and were able to contemplate the divinity of Jesus in his humanity, heaven on earth. The center of the story is found in the voice that comes from heaven and says “this is my son, the chosen one, listen to him.”

 

Jesus did not stay with his disciples on the mountain forever, he invited them to descend from it to continue daily life, strengthened in faith and willing to be themselves the image of God and thus lead others to the experience of faith. We are also invited to live, to be instruments of God so that others can come closer to Christ through our testimony. The Christian has many places that can be his “mountain of transfiguration.” The Eucharist is par excellence the place of the transfiguration of the Lord, in it, the simple bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus; who after feeding us with his word, with his body and his blood, invites us to return to our daily lives, transfigured and filled with his love to bear witness in the world to his presence. It is important to remember that the Transfiguration was a moment of preparation and consolation for both Jesus and some of his apostles so that they would have faith and courage at the time of facing his Passion and Death, and not fall into despair. It was a gift of strength that God granted them. Let us not forget my dear brothers and sisters that, through constant prayer and the company of the Saints, the Blessed Virgin and the angels, God the Father can change our lives and reflect his Divinity in us who are his sons and daughters. of the. Amen

-P. Luis

Fr. Raj's Bulletin Article

Participation in the Glory of Christ…

Today’s Gospel, according to the Second Sunday of Lent, invites us to contemplate the Transfiguration of Jesus. This episode is related to what had happened six days earlier, when Jesus had revealed to his disciples that in Jerusalem he would “suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again”. This message led to crisis for Peter and the entire group of disciples, who rejected the idea that Jesus would be scorned by the leaders of the people and then put to death. Indeed, they were waiting for a powerful, strong, dominating Messiah, whereas Jesus presented himself as a humble and gentle servant of God, and servant of mankind, who would offer his life in sacrifice, passing by way of persecution, suffering and death. But how could one follow a Master and Messiah whose earthly existence was to end in that way? That is what they were thinking. And the answer came precisely from the Transfiguration. What is the Transfiguration of Jesus? It is a preliminary Paschal apparition.

 

Jesus took with him the three disciples Peter, James and John, “and led them up a high mountain”; and there, for a moment, he showed them his glory, the glory of the Son of God. This event of the Transfiguration thus allowed the disciples to confront Jesus’ Passion in a positive way, without being overwhelmed. They saw him as he would be after the Passion: glorious. And in this way Jesus prepared them for the trial. The Transfiguration helps the disciples, and us too, to understand that the Passion of Christ is a mystery of suffering, but it is above all a gift of love, of infinite love on Jesus’ part.

 

The event of Jesus transfiguring himself on the mountain enables us to better understand his Resurrection. In order to understand the Mystery of the Cross, it is necessary to know ahead of time that the One who suffers and who is glorified is not only a man, but is the Son of God who, with his love faithful to the end, saved us. In this way the Father renews his messianic declaration about the Son, which he had made previously on the bank of the River Jordan after his Baptism, exhorting: “listen to him”. The disciples are called to follow the Master with trust, with hope, notwithstanding his death; the divinity of Jesus must be made manifest precisely on the Cross, precisely in his dying “in that way”, so that here Mark the Evangelist places in the mouth of the centurion the profession of faith: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”.

 

Let us now turn in prayer to the Virgin Mary, the human creature transfigured interiorly by Christ’s grace. Let us confidently entrust ourselves to her maternal support in order to continue with faith and generosity the journey of Lent. [Synthesized from Pope Francis Angelus 25 II 2018]

 

-Fr. Raj


Deacon John's Homily Second Sunday of Lent

2ND Sunday of Lent – B – Transfiguration

 

The Transfiguration:  What a blessing for Peter, James and John !!

Can you imagine – seeing Moses and Elijah ?  Hearing the Voice of God ?  Seeing Jesus Transfigured before their eyes…

 

Our gospel said Jesus' clothes "became dazzling white."   The evangelist Mark used the Greek word "stilbein" – which was used to describe the brilliance of the sun.

 

My friends – the Transfiguration of Jesus happened at a stage in his public ministry when his enemies were closing in on him – plotting to kill him.  Just prior to the Transfiguration, Jesus told his disciples that soon he would be arrested and killed by the religious leaders.  When Peter heard this, he protested visibly.  Jesus sharply corrected him – telling him that he was seeing things from a purely human point of view.

 

The Transfiguration opened the eyes of Peter – and James and John and gave them a glimpse of the world – from above – from God’s perspective.

 

The Transfiguration allowed them to see that – in spite of the death sentence hanging over the head of Jesus:  God was still with him. God was still in control. 

 

Now – some critics said the disciples only saw a vision – and that Moses and Elijah were not really there – talking to Jesus.  Peter addressed these people in the Second Book of Peter:

"We actually saw – with our own eyes – the transfigured majesty of Jesus. 

We ourselves heard the voice of God come from the cloud - on that holy mountain: 'This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.' "

 

When Peter wrote this book – he knew that his death as a martyr was coming soon.  Remembering the Transfiguration gave him strength to endure.

 

Scripture scholars say that Moses and Elijah were there because:

Moses represented the law.       Elijah represented the Prophets.

 

Peter, James and John were there as witnesses to the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets – taking place in the person of Jesus – as he appeared in glory.  Jesus is the perfect balance of both the Law and the Prophets.

 

We've heard Jesus say, "I did not come to abolish the Law.  Rather – to fulfill the Law.

 

We've also seen Jesus break the Law when he healed someone – or forgave someone's sins – on a SabbathOr – when Jesus defended his disciples when they were picking grain on a Sabbath – because they were hungry.

 

In our own life – we also – are challenged to find the balance between the Law and doing what is right... 

·         The Law says that abortion and the death penalty are legal.  But – does that make it right??

·         In 1955 – Rosa Parks broke the law and was arrested.  Thank God for Rosa Parks.  That bus ride changed history.

 

My friends – the words and events of the Gospels are not – way out there – in some abstract place.  They're right here – very relevant in our own life. 

 

So – how can weWhere can we ?  …have this Transfiguration experience?  Our Sunday worship is a good starting point.

 

Sometimes, what is happening in our life – in the world – can really bring us down.  Sometimes, it's really hard to cope with everything.  But at Mass – we have the singular experience of looking one another in the eye and calling them “brothers and sisters.”   

 

We have the presence of God in our readings.  We have the presence of Jesus the Christ in the Eucharist.  This is indeed a – Transfiguration.

 

The challenge for us is to live in the light of this awareness.

The challenge to take to heart the words of God at the Transfiguration:  This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”

 

Listen and take to heart the words Jesus spoke so many times: 

Love God with all our heart, mind and soul.

Love our neighbor as we love our self…


“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. 

 This is how prayer works.”       Pope Francis

“Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart.”    –Francis of Assisi

“Antes de hablar de paz, primero debes tenerla en tu corazón”.   –Francisco de Asís

Our parish is staffed by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.)

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 Rev. Luis Segura M.S.C. – Pastor

Rev. Jos Rajesh Peter M.S.C. – Parochial Vicar