Transfiguration: 2nd Sunday of Lent
By: Father Ernie Varosi CR, posted: 2014-03-10
This second Sunday of Lent has as its central theme the transfiguration of Jesus before his disciples. Its all about listening to Jesus message to all of us.
Like the first disciples we may be surprised and confused by God as we listen. The journey to the mountain of Calvary is the one we join Jesus and the disciples in making. Like Abram we may not know where we are going but we do know why we are going. God who is faithful calls us and we are listening hard.
In the first reading we meet Abram as he is told by God to leave his country and his father?s house. The quiet listening and following of God by Abram is found in all faith traditions as an example of one who listens to and obeys God.
The "transformation" of Jesus narrated in Matthew?s gospel forms the other side of the story of the temptation of Jesus. Together they form two sides of the same book.
To experience transfiguration is to realize that there exists within each of us the "divinity," the love of God, that enables us to transforms our lives and the lives of those we love. It is exactly that love ? that "divinity" ? that Peter, James and John behold in Jesus on the mount of the Transfiguration. The power of that sacred presence shines through us, as well, even when we do not notice it or are unaware that God?s love is in our midst.
Prayer: God our Father, help us to hear your Son. Enlighten us with your word, that we may find the way to your glory.