The Gospel in Which God Tells Peter to Shut it.

#MyMassTakeaway for the 2nd Sunday in Lent.

I just love St. Peter. He’s the guy to turn to when we feel like we’re getting it all wrong. Chances are, he’s been there done that.

Peter denied Jesus, rebuked Jesus, lost faith in the middle of a miracle and began to drown. Even Saint Paul had to tell Peter what’s what once in a while.

Despite all Peter’s shortcomings, though, Jesus called Peter the Rock. He built the Church on Peter, and left Peter to take care of it.

If Peter, with all his faults and shortcomings, can be the Rock on which Christ’s Church is built, then there’s hope for me to be who Christ is calling me to be, too.

Let’s take a look at what Peter’s up to, today.

In the Gospel, Jesus took his three favorite disciples – Peter, James, and John – up a mountain to pray.

They fell asleep. They seem to do that a lot when something important is about to happen.

And when they woke up, there’s Jesus transfigured before their very eyes!

So of course, Peter goes ahead and says something stupid.

“Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Luke 9:23

The very next words in the Gospel, finishing up that verse, tell us:

“But he did not know what he was saying.”

Luke 9:23

Peter is clueless. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

How often do we do just like that? We speak up before we fully understand the situation. We’re quick to offer advice and solutions – stupid advice. stupid solutions. We don’t know what we’re saying.

So God the Father steps in and tells Peter to shut it.

“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

Luke 9:35

Stop talking, man, and just listen.

This is the solution I need – the solution I think we all need sometimes (if I can be so bold as to say so).

If we’re disengaged from whatever’s going on… we’re sleeping, or daydreaming, or just don’t care enough to take the time to understand what somebody else is going through, then maybe we need to just shut it for a minute.

Maybe we need to lend more of a listening ear, and hold off on jumping in with the magic solution.

If we don’t stop long enough to listen, chances are we don’t know what we’re talking about. Chances are, we’re just going to end up saying something stupid and uncalled for.

We need to listen more to our friend who’s going through a hard time with her kids.

We need to listen more to our neighbor who has money troubles once again.

We need to listen more to our spouse who had another difficult day at work.

We need to listen more to God. We might not always understand what he’s showing us in our lives. We might want to tell him the magic solution to our own problems. But God’s got this under control.

Wake up from your slumber, and pay attention to what’s going on around you. For a moment, keep your lips closed.

And just listen.

#MyMassTakeaway Linkup

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tojesussincerely

Here’s my takeaway (in shortened form) over on Instagram!

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#MyMassTakeaway – In which God tells Peter to shut it. In today's Gospel, Jesus took his three favorite disciples – Peter, James, and John – up a mountain to pray. They fell asleep. They seem to do that a lot when something important is about to happen. And when they woke up, there’s Jesus transfigured before their very eyes! So of course, Peter goes ahead and says something stupid. “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Luke 9:23. The very next words in the Gospel, finishing up that verse, tell us: “But he did not know what he was saying.” Luke 9:23. Peter, is clueless. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. How often do we do just like that? We speak up before we fully understand the situation. We’re quick to offer advice and solutions – stupid advice. stupid solutions. We don’t know what we’re saying. So God the Father steps in and tells Peter to shut it. “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Luke 9:35. Stop talking, man, and just listen. This is the solution I need – the solution I think we all need sometimes (if I can be so bold as to say so). If we’re disengaged from whatever’s going on… we’re sleeping, or daydreaming, or just don’t care enough to take the time to understand what somebody else is going through, then maybe we need to just shut it for a minute. Maybe we need to lend more of a listening ear, and hold off on jumping in with the magic solution. If we don’t stop long enough to listen, chances are we don’t know what we’re talking about. We’re just going to end up saying something stupid and uncalled for. We need to listen more to our friend who’s going through a hard time with her kids. We need to listen more to our neighbor who has money troubles once again. We need to listen more to our spouse who had another difficult day at work. We need to listen more to God. We might not always understand what he’s showing us in our lives. We might want to tell him the magic solution to our own problems. But God’s got this under control. Wake up from your slumber, and pay attention to what’s going on around you. For a moment, keep your lips closed. And just listen.

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mrs_cari_neill

Cari is taking hope for the future from today’s Gospel reading. She’s ready to move forward with confidence!

“My #masstakeaway is certainly focused on the Transfiguration, and the hope I can have for my future because of that.”

beautifulcamouflagedmess

Anni gives us some great thoughts about St. Patrick – and following the example of the Saints, in general – in honor of his feast day today!

“The saints weren’t perfect. But, they were faithful. They always stood up, dusted themselves off, and oriented themselves back to God. They serve as examples of faith, courage, and love.”

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Last week, my RE classes celebrated an early St. Patrick’s Day. I read them the story of “Paddy and the Wolves” by Steve Nigel, and gave them a sample of the tasty oatcakes featured in the story. The story highlighted what Mr. Nigel imagined a young St. Patrick might have been like. After the book, the older students were led through an exercise asking them to consider how an author would describe their childhood. And, perhaps more importantly, they were encouraged to consider what they want to be known as the patron saint. Because ultimately, every single one of us is called to be a saint… a soul in Heaven with God. The saints weren’t perfect. But, they were faithful. They always stood up, dusted themselves off, and oriented themselves back to God. They serve as examples of faith, courage, and love. And, today, I will be contemplating the deeper questions I tried to guide my students through last week. — If I am blessed to be a saint someday, what do I want to consider my patronage? — What kind of actions am I doing today, that an author can imagine in the future (am I leading a life oriented toward God)? — How can I use this Lent – what tangible activities can I do – to grow closer to Christ? — As Christ displayed His full Divinity to his apostles in today’s Gospel, how receptive am I to recognizing His Presence in my life – and, how do I let that shape my thoughts, words, and actions? This St. Paddy’s Day, I invite you, dear reader, to join me in considering those same questions. #saintpatricksday #stpaddysday #catholicmom #catholicreligiouseducation #catholiclife #catholicinspiration #growcloser #faithlife #faith #yummycookies #easybaking #funactivity #thekidshelped #cornedbeeftoday #feastday #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely

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emmykrueger

Emily challenges us to remember we belong to God, and to turn our lives back toward him.

“Are we correcting the wrong that we see in this world? Are we serving our neighbor with justice and compassion? Are we showing love to those who hate us? How we live our lives day in and day out is what will save us or break us in the end. Transfigured us, O Lord.”

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Today's readings: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Psalm 27:7-9, 13-14 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 9:28b-36 “Their god is their stomach; their glory is their ‘shame.’ Their minds are occupied with earthly things” Translated – their god is their appetite for attention, notifications, sex, power, etc.; anything but God Himself. They glory in the very things of which they should be ashamed. Their minds are occupied with gossip, videos, the latest technology, the newest toys, etc.; anything but God Himself. Ugh. I see it all the time, and not just among those who don't go to church and see no reason to. Their focus is on things of this world. They glorify things the church tells them again and again are wrong or false. I struggle with it myself. While going to church is required as part of the 10 commandments (Keep the Sabbath holy), in and of itself, it is not what saves us in the end. Mass is our weekly reminder of who we are and to Whom we belong. It is our reminder of where we are trying to go at the end of our journey through this world in which we do not belong. Are we correcting the wrong that we see in this world? Are we serving our neighbor with justice and compassion? Are we showing love to those who hate us? How we live our lives day in and day out is what will save us or break us in the end. Transfigured us, O Lord. Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation. #mymasstakeaway

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powerinmyhandsthemovie

The Power in My Hands IG account calls our attention to today’s Psalm.

“Move from fear to trust.”

surprisedbymarriage

Jen and Logan remind us of the necessity of prayer.

“It’s easy to get distracted by everything else – family, work, life – but prayer gives us the grace to do everything else we need to do.”

militarycouncilofcatholicwomen

Over on the MCCW Instagram, we are reminded that those serving our country are no strangers to a life filled with change. Change can be difficult, but it’s a part of life and ultimately for our goo.

“When we follow God’s guidance and directives, we will experience peace and joy in doing God’s will. Doing as God asks of us, with our sights set on Him, will ultimately allow us to see Christ in His full humanity, as well as His full divinity. If we open our hearts to changing for the good of God and His Glory.”


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