15 Mar 2nd Sunday of Lent
2nd Sunday of Lent
Dear friends in Christ,
St. Luke reported that on the Mountain of Transfiguration Jesus revealed his identity in his glorified body to Peter, John, and James. The story of Transfiguration is not only about Jesus but also about us, as St. Paul wrote, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body” (Phil 3:20).
In his bulletin “The Messenger” (Feb. 17, 2019) Fr. Timothy Deutsch, Pastor of Queen of Angels, San Diego, quoted Fr. Jose Alfonso Salazar Solis to explain the notion of the glorified body in these words: “Catholic doctrine (therefore) teaches that all shall rise from the dead on the last day and that the saints will have glorified bodies at the time of the general resurrection. The fathers and doctors of the Church have speculated on what a glorified body is like. They came up with four notable characteristics.
“The first is impassibility, which means that the body will not suffer pain, sorrow, or death (Rev 21:4, 7:16, Lk 20:36). It will also have clarity, that is, the glorified body will be free from all defects and will be filled with the brightness, radiance, beauty, and splendor, which are a reflection of the glory that overflows into a soul from the beatific vision. This was seen in the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor (Mt 17:2). The third characteristic is subtlety, which indicates that while the new body is still truly a physical body, it takes on a spiritualized nature as a result of the complete dominion of the transfigured soul over the body. The archetype of the glorified body is the risen body of Christ, which penetrated closed doors (Jn 20:19, 26). Finally, there is agility, which is the capability of the body to obey the soul with the greatest ease and speed of movement. This was manifested by the risen body of Christ, which was suddenly present in the midst of His apostles and which disappeared just as quickly.” (The True Believer by Fr. Jose A. S. Solis, pp 203-205).
Certainly, those who believe in Jesus will be changed to conform with Him in eternity. Lent has been the best time for such transformation to take place in us.