2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A
Life is a series of risks. But there is also what we know as calculated risks. In investment, we can't move forward unless we risk. In risking, we have to make thorough research and initial judgments. Then we adjust as we move along. We need to maintain an open mind as see where we are going and if our risks are paying off.
Risks happen even in relationships. We cannot forever remain in our shells; we have to risk giving ourselves to others. Let us not lose the opportunity of getting to know others.
Applied to religion, we risk giving ourselves to doing God's work. If we make initial judgements and not participate in Church activities, we might see the fruits of real service; we'll end up selfish and greedy while others languish in poverty. We may eventually lose sight of the One who calls us to a life of service - God Himself.
Today, Jesus was transfigured in the mountain of Tabor. Never did it cross the minds of Peter, James, and John, that Jesus would be transformed, with clothes as bright as the sun, and be counted as one among the revered in Jewish history. Out of the ordinary comes the extraordinary, Jesus as the Messiah, the Holy one of God.
How many have lost opportunities for consider things? How many have turned to greet because they fail to see what is "extraordinary"? Pray to see the light. Pray to see God right in the people you see, even the insignificant.