It’s two mountaintop events we hear about today. Abraham is on a “height” in the land of Moriah where God tests him by asking him to offer up his son Isaac as a holocaust. Mark’s Gospel story has Jesus with Peter, James and John on a “high mountain” where he is transfigured before them.
We humans love mountains. We can all name the highest mountain in the world and the highest mountain in the United States. As a child growing up in Ireland, we all could name the highest mountain in Ireland, though as less than three and a half thousand feet, it is only a hill compared to Mount McKinley at over twenty thousand.
Hikers always remember the mountains they climb. I’ve climbed some of the local mountains - Mt. Wilson, Mt. Lowe, Mt. Josephine, Mt. Disappointment etc. And from the top of a mountain we see things differently. No longer are we cramped claustrophobically by the stuff crowding us. We see into the distance and beyond. There is a big picture and we are just a tiny spot in it. On our way to the top, we imagine what it will be like. As we tire towards the end of the climb, we struggle, making ourselves push forward, one step after another, keeping our eye on the goal to get to the top. Then, reaching the top is always worth it!
Lent is a hike to a mountain top. We have started the journey and we are committed to finish. Already our prayer, fasting and almsgiving are changing us. We are beginning to see into the distance and the path the Lord is calling us to follow. Yes, let’s make it to the top, the Lord is there and joyfully then it’s all downhill.
We had many more pledges to the annual Together in Mission appeal last week. Our goal is $119,700.00 and to reach it we need everyone’s pledge. The poorer parishes and schools of our diocese depend on us. A huge thank you to all who pledged, and a plea to those who have yet to do so.
God bless you all,
View the photos from Father Dan Fox farewell liturgy on June 29, 2014.
@ St. B's
Fridays of Lent:
Meal at 6pm and Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm
Adult Faith Enrichment
Thursday March 5 @ 7:30pm: Lent with Fr. Martin
Thursday March 19 @ 7:30pm: Evangelization with Parker Sandoval
Bible Study Groups
Please bring your non-perishable items to benefit the Guadalupe Center food pantry.