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Second Sunday of Lent : March 1, 2015

Gospel reading ( Mark 9: 2-10)

Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses*, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.

Brief commentary

The second Sunday of Lent always tells the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. This glorious epiphany* stands in contrast to the temptations that we read last Sunday. The temptations highlighted the humanity of Jesus, the Son of Man, who became like us even to the point of being tempted by the devil. The transfiguration reflects his divinity. Jesus is the Son of God who manifests his glory to three of his disciples. His appearance changed as it also did in his glorified body after the resurrection. Peter wants to capture the moment by keeping Jesus, Moses and Elijah there with them. However, Mark does not allow his readers to linger on the mountaintop. Jesus knew, says Mark, that they would have difficulty accepting his suffering and death. Consequently, he tells them not to get too excited about the glory of the transfiguration event until after he has risen from the dead.

POVERTY

“Poverty... is learned with the humble, the poor, the sick and all those who are on the existential peripheries of life. Theoretical poverty is of no use to us. Poverty is learned by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, the poor, the sick...in children.”
- Pope Francis

If God is for us, who can be against us?

~Romans 8:31b

LENTEN PRAYER

“Lord, your commandment of love is so simple and so challenging.

Help me to let go of my pride, to be humble in my penance. I want only to live the way you ask me to love, to love the way you ask me to live.

I ask this through your son, Jesus, who stands at my side today and always.”


2015 ARCHBISHOP'S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

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  • Quota assigned to St. Agnes…………..$292,000
  • Pledges already made…………………..$234,060
  • Amount need to fulfill our quota…………..$57,940

Our deep gratitude to the parishioners who generously have made a pledge to the ABCD Annual Appeal. Currently, 219 parishioners of St. Agnes have made their pledges. It will be ideal if each family contributes in a generous way to the Archbishop’s Charities Drive.

If you have not yet made your pledge, please try to make it this week. There are special “ABCD” envelopes at the entrance of the church. Your gift will be a great help and hope for the Archdiocese of Miami. May the Good Lord bless your generosity.

MARRIAGE COVENANT RETREAT

The marriage covenant retreat consists of a weekend of activities, talks, and exercises to strengthen our marriage. We cover key topics such as God's place in our marriage. We cover key topics such as God's place in our marriage, praying as a couple, communication, forgiveness, and family.

The retreat provides a unique opportunity to pause from daily life and reflect on our marriage. It is also a great way to have fun and to meet other couples from our parish.

Subsequent to the retreat, we have monthly meetings. These meetings not only strengthen our marriage but they are fun and create long-lasting friendships.

For more information contact:

Bob and Aida Briele - Phone: (305) 772-5508 Email: abrielecpa@gmail.com

John and Janetsy Christensen - Phone: (305) 215-2061 Email: janetsyC@bellsouth.net

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Could you not watch one hour with me? Mt. 26:40

Can you commit to one of these hours?

Sunday: 12 Midnight, 6:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Tuesday: 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
Saturday: 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

Please call: (305) 798-7896 for more information, Thank you!

COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA

This week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your generosity to the Collection for the Church in Latin America is invaluable to the future of the faith in this region.

Your donations will fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation. Please give with a joyful and generous heart.

Please support programs like these and give generously in next week’s collection. Thank you.

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