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Second Sunday of Lent - Year A

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Second Sunday of Lent - Year A

March 12, 2017

Gospel: Mt 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured (1) before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate (2) and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and do not be afraid." And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged (3) them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man (4) has been raised from the dead." 

The difficult words
(1)Transfigured means changed in appearance, or glorified.
(2)Prostrate means lying face down.
(3)To charge means to command.
(4)The Son of Man is another name for the Messiah, Jesus.
This week’s spotlight
The Transfiguration
This Sunday’s Gospel tells us about the Transfiguration.This is a mysterious episode in the life of Jesus in which he shows his closest friends that he is truly God’s Son. The shining cloud and dazzling white  clothing are signs of God’s presence. The three Apostles see Jesus with Moses and Elijah, who show that Jesus is the one whom the prophets foretold. This event helps the Apostles believe in Jesus.
Biblical numbers
The Bible is divided into seventy-three books. Each book itself is divided into chapters. All the sentences are numbered. This allows us to easily find a certain passage in the Bible. For example, when you read "a reading from the Book of Nehemiah 8:1-4," it’s referring to the Book of Nehemiah, chapter 8, sentences I through 4.The biblical sentences are called verses.
Witnesses to the faith!
Peter, James, and John were with Jesus at his Transfiguration, but Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about it until he had risen from the dead. After Jesus rose, they shared the story, and that story has been handed down from one generation to the next all the way to us. How beautiful it is that the Gospel is shared this way! Think about it: your faith comes from the faith of others! Your parents, your grandparents, your teachers, the Priests...all have helped you to know Jesus. Your love of God has grown from watching others live in God’s grace. You see them put their faith into practice. Their witness has led you into the long chain of believers that continues to grow today. Bear witness to your faith at Mass today by reciting the Creed with a loud and joyful voice!
Discussion questions
1.How is Jesus transformed on the mountaintop?
2.Who appears to Jesus and the disciples?
3.What does the voice of God say?
4.What do the disciples do when they hear the voice of God?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus Christ in union with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. We do not see Jesus transfigured on the mountain, but we believe that he is your Son. Help us to listen to him, and to share our faith with others.
This week…
Meeting witnesses of God
We run into many people in our lives who speak to us about God. Try to remember the names of some of these special witnesses. Thank God for them in your evening prayers this week.
Open the Bible
Read the Spotlight of this week. It explains how you find a passage in the Bible. Share the results of your research with someone you know.
Crossword Puzzle


Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm



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