Homily reflection 2nd Sunday of Lent C
FOLLOW CHRIST NOT ONLY TO TABOR BUT ALSO TO CALVARY.
- We have mentioned above that the Transfiguration occurred SIX DAYS AFTER JESUS’ FIRST PROPHETIC FORETELLING OF HIS PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION in Lk 9:21-22 where Jesus told the Apostles that He “must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again (Lk 8: 21) and that “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Lk 9:23).”
- St Bede, this Gospel passage, says that Our Lord, “in a loving concession allowed Peter, James and John to enjoy for a very short time the contemplation of the happiness that lasts forever, so as to enable them to bear adversity with greater fortitude (St Bede, Commentary on St Mark, 8; 30:1,3).”
- SIX DAYS HAVE PASSED when Jesus foretold the Apostles of His Passion, Death and Resurrection…six days of anxiety, of doubt, of sadness….With his Transfiguration, He wanted to CONSOLE the Apostles by showing them His divine glory and also FORTIFY AND CONFIRM them in their faith in Him, being the Beloved Son of the Father whom they must listen to. CHRIST MANIFESTED HIS GLORY IN THE TRANSFIGURATION TO MOVE US TO DESIRE THE DIVINE GLORY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN US SO THAT, HAVING THIS HOPE, WE TOO CAN UNDERSTAND “THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY THAT IS TO BE REVEALED TO US” (Rm 8:18).
- For this reason, while following our Lord, WE SHOULD NEVER BE SURPRISED IF ALONG THE WAY WE ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES, TRIBULATIONS AND SUFFERINGS. CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT THE CROSS IS NOT CHRISTIANITY AT ALL BUT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THING. “When we journey without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly (Pope Francis, Homily, March 13, 2013).”
- WE MUST LEARN HOW TO TAKE UP OUR DAILY CROSS, ACCEPTING SUFFERING AND TRIBULATIONS FOR LOVE, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT CHRIST’S LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT.
- And while doing so, He wants us TO FIX OUR GAZE ON THE HAPPY GOAL FOSTERING THE HOPE OF WHAT AWAITS US IN HEAVEN. IN THE MIDST OF THE GREATEST SUFFERINGS HE GIVES US THE CONSOLATION WE NEED TO KEEP GOING FORWARD knowing that “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? (Rm 8: 31b).”
- This is why Our Mother Church saw it convenient to use the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the Mass of the 2nd Sunday of Lent.
- To this regard, HIS TRANSFIGURATION WAS IN SOME WAY AN ANTICIPATION NOT ONLY OF HIS GLORIFICATION IN THE RESURRECTION BUT ALSO OF OURS.
- As St Paul says, “it is the same Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, PROVIDED WE SUFFER WITH HIM IN ORDER THAT WE MAY ALSO BE GLORIFIED WITH HIM (Rom 8:16-17).”
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TOPIC: ARE YOUR MOUNTAIN TOP EXPERIENCES GREATER THAN THE STORMS IN YOUR LIFE?
In today’s gospel reading, three fishermen – Peter, James and John – were brought by Jesus up a mountain and were shown a new, different and astonishing side of Jesus. Previously, His apostles experienced a dark storm at sea with Jesus. But at this instant, they beheld Jesus in this dazzling light that enveloped Him. In our reflection today, God asks us to look at and behold the sight that awaits us in the end.
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