Saturday, March 11, 2017

03-12-2017 -- 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A

Mar. 12, 2017 - 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A 
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

In one week we’ve moved from Temptation to Transfiguration. Jesus calls us up the mountain to witness the Transfiguration.

To transfigure is to change, more specifically, to change the outside to match the inside. In the Transfiguration, Jesus’ outside is changed so that it matches the inside.

We get a glimpse of Jesus’ divinity. We get a glimpse of what it means to be the Son of God. The human form is transformed giving us a peek into heaven.

The message is clear: Jesus the man is also Jesus, the Son of God. This has an impact on our lives. It changes us.

For Peter, James and John, it is a special moment in time with Jesus. God shows them a vision of heaven.

We all need that special moment with Jesus. We all need that Transfiguration moment. It helps us understand who Jesus is.

This is important so that we can place greater trust in the Lord. This is important so that we can listen to Jesus with confidence.

It also helps us realize that we all need to work on transforming our outsides to match our insides.

But here’s the thing: We can’t make that special moment with Jesus happen. Only Jesus can. We can pray for it to happen. We can hope for it to happen. We can listen. We can watch. We can wait. Wait for it. Wait.

And when it happens, we have to realize it is only a moment. They all had to come down from the mountain and live in the real world.

There were many joys and sufferings to come. The Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, the arrest, the trial, the Cross, the Resurrection.

There was the going forth to proclaim to all the world what Jesus had done for them. The Transfiguration gave them the strength to stand up and to not be afraid.

God says to us: Listen to my son Jesus. Are we listening to Jesus?

If we are, we can discover that what Paul says in his letter to Timothy is absolutely true.

The Lord is calling us to a holy life. The Lord is calling us to let our outsides match our insides. And to help us, the Book of Genesis says that the Lord blesses us.

The Lord blesses me so that I can be a blessing. The Lord blesses you so that you can be a blessing.

Are we listening to Jesus, he is telling us how he wants us to be a blessing for one another.

We pray for a transfiguration. We watch for Jesus to be at work in our daily lives. We listen. We hope. We pray. We wait.

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