Sunday 5 March- The Second Sunday of Lent: 11:00 Holy Family, Davenport- 2:30 St Patrick, Iowa City

Catechism, 9:30 Confessions, 10:15, Rosary, 10:40, High Mass, 11:00, Holy Face Devotion, after Mass. Fellowship meal in hall downstairs. (Davenport)

Confessions 2:10, High Mass 2:30, Catechism 4:00 in Hall (Iowa City)

The Gospel of the Transfiguration is a lesson on the Mass as well as a figure of the Mass. It teaches us the purpose of our Lenten work.

The mystical Christ now fasts forty days and thereby receives strength for a victorious onslaught against the devil. In all things the members follow the Head.

But the Gospels do not merely give instruction: they are spiritual dramas, i.e., they portray in symbol and express in sign what the Holy Sacrifice effects in actuality. In the Mass […], Christ appears, the transfigured Christ who “sits at the right hand of the Father.” To be sure we can see Him only with the eyes of faith… Moses and Elias also have roles, for the Law and the prophets bear witness to the fact that the Holy Sacrifice is the fulfillment of all they prefigured and prophesied. Moses and Elias speak of the Lord’s death, an event that is being realized before our eyes [in the Holy Mass]. Like Peter we stand on the mystic mount of transfiguration and say, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.”

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