Lent reflection for 28 February

Bernard Balibuno, CAFOD's country director for DR Congo, greets a colleague with an Ebola-safe elbow bump.

Bernard Balibuno, CAFOD's country director for DR Congo, greets a colleague.

“There in their presence he was transfigured.”

Mark 9:2

In today’s gospel reading of the Transfiguration, Peter, James and John have their eyes opened to Christ’s glory and are told that he is God’s beloved son.  

This encounter changes everything, as they now know for sure who Jesus really is.  

Encountering others changes us, whether they are friends, family, or people like Abdella in Ethiopia, whose story we have heard through Family Fast Day.  

Pope Francis has frequently called for a “culture of encounter”. Being starved of time with family and friends, family or colleagues during lockdown has shown us like never before how much we all need one another.  

In his latest encyclical, Pope Francis says, “To speak of a ‘culture of encounter’ means that we, as a people, should be passionate about meeting others, seeking points of contact, building bridges, planning a project that includes everyone” (Fratelli Tutti, #216). 

He also reminds us that we all have something to learn from others, and especially from those who are on the margins of our society. 

So in the coming weeks, let us try to see all those we encounter as they really are, precious and beloved by God. We pray that these encounters, whether in person or virtual, may inspire us to work together to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. 

Lent prayer

Christ Jesus, help me to listen to your word and to see you in all people that I meet. May I approach all encounters with an open heart and work together with others to transform our world. Amen. 


Don’t forget to take your Family Fast Day envelope back to church today or give online. Thank you for your support. 


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