for Sunday, March 20, 2011
Every Lent the Transfiguration is given to us as a sign that we are invited
to be changed, transformed and transfigured. Perhaps too often we look at
the transfiguration as something that happened only to Jesus, forgetting
that our Lord Himself invites all of us to be changed, transformed and
transfigured in the same way, allowing the divine to shine forth through
The Book of Genesis in today's first reading is very clear: God has
promised to each of us as children of Abraham that He will be with us. We
have a covenant with God Himself and He will never abandon us. The more we
believe this promise and rely on it and live because of it, the more
transfigured we become.
The Second Letter to Timothy is equally strong insisting as it does that
Jesus calls us to a life of holiness and that Jesus has destroyed death and
brought life for all of us. The moment that we begin to deny the divinity
of Christ, all of the concerns that we have become stronger. The moment
that we begin to think that we can believe all by ourselves, we begin to
become people who glorify themselves and forget the living and true God.
So we keep coming back to this Gospel of the Transfiguration. If we want
to have deep spiritual understanding of the Lord, we must ponder His law
day and night. When we stop pondering His will, we become people who
manufacture our own transfiguration rather than those who wait on the Lord
with joy, gladness and complete trust.
Lent is a wonderful time to return to the Lord with all our hearts, our
souls and all our strength. May our Lord Jesus transform us and all who
wait for his coming.
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