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March 8, 2009
Invitation and Response
We have already finished the first week of Lent. The lesson of living in the desert for the purpose of coming to grips with who we are, in relation to God, is never a simple one. It takes faith and determination and commitment. If we have not yet taken the time to reflect on this first lesson we must take the time. It is never too late because it is essential to our spiritual growth. Lent is a journey and realizing who we are is the beginning of this journey. Without the beginning there cannot be a middle of an end.
If we have come to the realization of the above we are now ready to continue our faith journey. Now we will look at the notion of invitation and response. Fr. Neil Kookoothe, our mentor on our Lenten journey, will guide us on our next venture. Let us open our minds and our hearts to his lead.
It’s all about invitation and response isn’t it? The gospel that is. . .the Good News of God – it’s all about invitation and response! Years earlier Jesus had called Peter, James and John to follow him and they responded, abandoning boats and nets to o where he would lead, to become his disciples, to live for others – and they would never be the same again.
So it is with the transfiguration. It’s all about invitation and response. This time Jesus invites Peter, James and John up onto a mountaintop. There on that mountain with Moses, the law giver and Elijah, the prophet standing at his side, the disciples hear the voice of God, once again, naming Jesus, the beloved. The disciples are transfigured – changed, if you will. They are called now to see Jesus as the one who will bring to fulfillment all that Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, had promised. Jesus is the one who will make all things new. The disciples were invited to live for others – and they would never be the same again.
The story of the disciples is our story. Our faith journey is all about invitation and response. The Gospel is a living testament for all of us. Today it invites us to search our hearts to see where God is calling us and how we will respond. Today, God is inviting us to change something in our daily lives. What is it we are called to change? To what is God inviting us?
One invitation that God sends us is to see the face of Christ in the faces of the poor. When we make an effort to set aside a small amount of money for organizations that work with the poor we are answering an invitation. The poor farmers of the world are being helped by organizations such as Catholic Relief Services and others who teach these rural farmers how to make the best of their small plots of land and how to set up roadside produce co-ops. Once they improve their methods they can improve their lives and become models for their extended family, their neighbors and friends.
Yes, it’s all about invitation and response. Our invitation and response! Together we can transform the world. Together we can live for others and we will never be the same again!
Lorette P. Nault