February 23, 2024 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

The transfiguration of Jesus is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Source & Summit: Second Sunday of Lent

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it. 

-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of Parish Revival. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.

Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


February 25, 2024:

Second Sunday of Lent



Genesis 22:1—2, 9—13, 15—18

Psalm 116:10, 15 –19

Romans 8:31b—34

Mark 9:2—10


On this Second Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of the Transfiguration of the Lord in the proclamation of the Gospel. The apostles walk away from the experience shocked and confused. As we go through this Lent we are preparing for an even more shocking and confusing event in the lives of the apostles: the crucifixion of Jesus – the man who was to be king, whom they expected to tear down and rebuild the temple.

We often experience things in our lives that leave us feeling like the apostles. But we, like the apostles, don’t have the full picture yet. We see marvelous and terrible things in our lifetimes, the beauty of life and love, and the heartbreak of loss and broken relationships. We wish to stay in the joyful good times, to make tents and say where we are at. But the Father tells us to, “Listen to him.” Listen to Jesus. Easier said than done. Especially when the place where Jesus is calling us is a difficult one. Let us recall we do not have the bigger picture. As we listen to Jesus we must trust his plan, for his plans for us are good.

-Riley Greif


Riley Greif is the digital media specialist with the Office of Communications for the Diocese of Owensboro.

To learn more about the Diocese of Owensboro’s celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, visit https://owensborodiocese.org/eucharistic-revival/.


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Publisher |  Bishop William F. Medley
Editor |  Elizabeth Wong Barnstead
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