24 Feb 2nd Sunday of Lent
2nd Sunday of Lent
Dear friends in Christ,
Every year in Lent we hear the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration. There is special meaning about this event in Jesus’ life in regard to our Lenten spirituality. The Transfiguration is not only about Jesus, it can also be a reality about us.
In the Letter to the Philippians St Paul writes: “The Lord Jesus Christ will give a new form to this lowly body of ours and remake it according to the pattern of his glorified body.” We could be transformed if we live and let Jesus’ spirit shine in and through us.
At the Transfiguration the Apostles heard the Father’s voice saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” Thus, the Transfiguration was a brief revealing of Jesus’ holiness and an invitation to holiness to all.
In the Gospel, Jesus more than once tells people, “You must become perfected as your Father is perfect.” Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. He is the explanation and final norm for every human attempt to grow holy.
The way to holiness is the way of transfiguration with Jesus. It is the way of Christ loving and serving even to death on the cross. By baptism we were given a new life in Jesus. We were called to live like Jesus, struggling to please the Father every day. Every time we act in love or live in fidelity to God’s Law by thought, word or deed, we grow in holiness and climb closer to God.
During our journey here on earth, Jesus has given us his Eucharist to be the means of our daily Transfiguration. In the Eucharist, Jesus’ light can shine better through us transforming us into the pattern of his glorified body. Lent reminds us that we need these moments of Transfiguration, the Eucharist.