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Lenten Reflection for Second Sunday of Lent
Do Not Be Afraid - Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent
by Novice Maria Huber
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate 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.
After reading this passage on the Transfiguration, a few words and phrases caught my attention: “Listen to him,” “Do not be afraid,” and “Jesus alone.” In the following I will try to explain how these words have touched me in some way.
“Listen to him” but more importantly, “Listen.” This is one of the values that Benedict likes to emphasize throughout the Rule. Silence is especially important in learning to listen. In a conversation, we are not silent in order for the person to finish talking so we can respond quickly and be on our way. We are silent in order to listen intently to the person talking so we can respond whole heartedly. I am learning to listen more and more to the sisters. On the positive side, I hear stories and compliments; and on the negative side I sometimes hear complaints. This is a part of daily life here; it is like living in a family. My coffee break is a great time to pass the upper kitchenette to see if any sister is in need of company. Sometimes we sit in silence but other times the number of sisters can grow from two to ten in minutes and we talk about our day or other business.
“Do not be afraid.” I must admit that I was afraid when I first came. I did not know exactly how everything went and did not want to offend anyone by doing it wrong. Like Jesus, Moses, and Elijah the Prioress, Sub-prioress, and my director help me to hear God’s word. When I first came I wanted to please them. As I have come to live among you this past year and a half I have become more familiar and comfortable with the sisters and love each one. I have come to realize that living in a Benedictine life is like a marriage. We have good days and bad days but in the end we love each other. You and I are not afraid to face each other the next day.
“Jesus alone.” I was recently told that the word “alone” can also be translated as “all one.” Moses and Elijah were together with Jesus. We are one with each other. Though our disagreements may diminish our oneness, we are all seeking the Lord in this community of faith. We are a part of the one body of Christ, and of the Church as a whole. We are all one big, most of the time, happy family.
“Listening carefully and may we prefer nothing whatever to Christ, may he bring us all together to everlasting life.