Fr. Stan's 2020 "State of the Parish" Address

Rev. Stanley M. Moczydlowski, M.B.A., M. Div. (Fr. Stan)

February 27/28, 2021

2nd Sunday of Lent

   As difficult as it is to hear the words of God to Abraham in the first Reading, ‘Take your son Isaac…whom you love…and offer him up as a holocaust’, we need to view this in context with the parallels of Jesus’ life. Christ is a descendant of Abraham and just as Jesus carried his cross, Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his beloved son for God, God did sacrifice his Son for us.

   God’s sacrifice of his Son for us is at the heart of Saint Paul’s message to the Romans today. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us? God loves us, and this love was made known when God, ‘did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all’. Because of this we have reason to hope, since Jesus intercedes for us.

   This hope is brought to light in today’s Gospel account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Accompanied by three of his disciples, Jesus goes up to a mountain. While they were there, Jesus was transfigured before them. Then Moses and Elijah appeared, and they were conversing with Jesus. Overshadowed by a cloud, the disciples hear a voice declaring, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly they are once again alone with Jesus.

   The Transfiguration of Jesus demonstrates his divine nature and manifested the glory he has always possessed. He would return to this divine nature upon leaving his earthly human body. It is also a prefiguring of the glory we shall one day obtain in our resurrected bodies. If we live and die with Christ - if we do in fact listen to him, he will intercede for us. Then we shall take our place among our ancestors, as Christ showed on that mountain.

God bless you,
Fr. Stan