This Week's Sunday Mass

March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent

Presider: Fr. Matthew Widder
Parish: Holy Name of Jesus, St. Clement & St. Dominic
Choir: St. Eugene Liturgical

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke. Glory to you o Lord.

Jesus took Peter, James and John and went up the mountain to pray. When he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had become overcome by sleep. But becoming fully awake they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, peter said to Jesus, "Master it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." but he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen son; listen to him." After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

At this time of the year, march madness fever is catching hold of many people and the brackets have come out and many people will go through and plot go through the bracket and say, can I pick the winner? Can I win my office pool and many teams that are in the different tournaments are looking and saying ok, what does our path for the finals look like? And it's easy because when you go through that bracket, you can see yourself what it would take to win the championship and there's a sense of hope that comes up and says, even if we're a fourteen seed, a twelve seed, maybe we can do it anyone has hope. Anyone has a chance that sense of hope. That sense of hope to see a path of glory to see a path of goodness shining forth. Jesus gives us the transfiguration today because he had just preached about his necessity to go to the cross, to suffer. The necessity for us to take up our cross and to follow him. And in the midst of that he gives us this blessing, peter, James and john and through them, this particular story, the transfiguration, he allows us to see his glory. And Jesus says, remember this. He wants us to hold on to these moments of glory it's interesting because when we fill out a bracket and teams are looking at their path, fans are looking at their path, we tend to put our hope in ourselves, in our own skills, in our own team skills but we place our hope not in ourselves, not in our team we place our hope in the promises of Jesus Christ. And the promises of God that go all the way back to abram that we encounter in the first reading today. Do we have the hope? Perhaps an example of hope to hold on to today is especially St. Patrick St. Patrick went to Ireland as a slave, escaped and then where did he get sent back as a bishop? He God sent back to Ireland to the very place where he was once a slave. He knew that he was playing for Jesus Christ. He had a sense of hope that would not turn him away. A sense of hope that even in the midst of those moments of slavery, God had a mission for him. God has a mission for us. But our hope does not come from ourselves, from our own talents, from our own situations our hope comes from God and the mission that he has for us. The promises he's made to us.

Entrance: How Good, Lord to be Here
Text: Luke 9:32-33; Joseph A. Robinson, 1858-1933, alt.
Tune: SWABIA, SM; Johann M. Speiss, 1715-1772; adapt. by William H. Havergal, 1793-1870

Psalm Response: The Lord Is My Light
Text: Psalm 27:1-2, 4, 13-14; David Haas
Music: David Haas
©1983, GIA Publications, Inc.

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior
Text: Bernadette Farrell b. 1957
Tune: Bernadette Farrell b. 1957
© 1986 Bernadette Farrell Published by OCP

Preparation: Transform Us
Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1955-1993, ©1993, GIA Publications, Inc.
Tune: PICARDY 8 7 8 7 8 7; French carol; harm. by Richard Proulx 1937-2010, © 1986, GIA Publications, Inc.

Communion: Open My Eyes
Text: Based on Mark 8:22-25; Jesse Manibusan, b. 1958
Tune: Jesse Manibusan, b. 1958; acc. by Ed Bulduc, b. 1969, choral arr. by Ken Canedo b. 1953
© 1988, 1998, 1999, Jesse Manibusan. Published by OCP

Sending Forth: Lead Me, Guide Me
Text: Doris M. Akers 1922-1995
Tune: LEAD ME, Irregular with refrain; Doris M. Akers, 1922-1995; harm. by Richard Smallwood, b. 1948
© 1953, (renewed), arr. © 2011, Doris M. Akers, admin. by Chappell & Co., Inc.

Mass Setting: Glendalough Mass
Contributors: Liam Lawton
Tune: © 2010, GIA Publications, Inc.

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