Do you know anyone who is depressed or without hope? We all experience hard times – disappointment in others, the death of a loved one, failure in our career, a difficult childhood – but God can help us to be resilient through these times and see past them. In today’s Gospel, we see how those disciples who are closest to the Lord experience a foretaste of the glory of Heaven. They don’t fully understand the event they have just witnessed until after Jesus’ death and resurrection, but by witnessing Jesus’ glory, they are strengthened for the hard times ahead. If I have one piece of advice for those who struggle with depression, I would say, “Get close to the Lord.” Read the Gospels, talk to God as if he is present with you every moment – and He will strengthen you for your journey, often in unpredictable ways – and quite possibly remove those trials which are too great for you to bear. Just ask him!
If you’re looking for an uplifting commentary on our mystical consciousness and how we are helped by having a sense of God’s purpose for our lives, listen to Bishop Robert Barron’s homily for today on The Glorified Body.
If you’re more interested in a Bible Study perspective on these readings, try these:
- Dr John Bergsma on Beginning a New Exodus.
- Dr Brant Pitre on the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent.
Readings for today:
Word format: Year C Lent 2nd Sunday 2016
Pdf format: Year C Lent 2nd Sunday 2016