Second Sunday of Lent
February 28, 2010
St. Luke 9: 28-36
On this second Sunday of Lent the Church invites us to reflect on Saint Luke’s account of the Transfiguration.
This event takes place about three weeks before the Passion and Death of Jesus. Christianity takes His closest apostles, Peter, James and John to the mountain and is “transfigured” before them, allowing the three to see Him as He will appear after His resurrection. The purpose of this vision was to lessen the shock and scandal of Good Friday.
Present on the mountain top with Jesus are Moses and Elijah, two prominent figures representing both the Old Testament and the Mosaic Law; Moses and Elijah personify the Law and the Prophets. Appearing with Christianity as they do, they acknowledge that Jesus is the New Law, the New Covenant. Christianity is the perfect fulfillment of everything that has taken place p to this time.
Meanwhile, Peter, James and John are both astonished and frightened at what they are witnessing. In fact, Peter, in his characteristic way, announces his intention to build three tents or “booths.” He wants to remain on the mountain “because it is easier than returning to the tedium of daily life.
But Jesus cautions them against this and instead offers them an important principal of the spiritual life.
The “glory” of the Transfiguration can only come after the suffering and humiliation of Good Friday: death always comes before resurrection.
Christianity is teaching the Apostles and us that if we persevere through all of the sufferings and difficulties of life; if we unite our own “daily crosses” to the Cross of Jesus, we too will be rewarded with our own resurrection.
May each of us persevere in his Lenten resolutions and be rewarded with Eternal Life.