Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lent and the Transfiguration

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,

questioning what rising from the dead meant.

( Mark 9:2-10)

At first read, today's Gospel seems to be for the wrong day!  It is Lent, after all!  

On further reflection, I think it's Holy Mother Church in her infinite wisdom, who gives us like Peter, James and John this Gospel passage to help prepare us for what lies ahead.  After all, we are not even two full weeks into Lent yet. 

We like the Apostles continue to journey with Jesus through these days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving and need to continue to unite our hearts, minds and souls with His as He travels through the difficult days of the sacred Triduuum that lie in the not too distant future. 

We, too, need the encouragement like the apostles so that we may continue joyfully on our Lenten journey -- with hearts and minds and souls renewed so that on Easter morn we too may rejoice and proclaim the truth of His Resurrection from the dead!

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