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March 12, 2017


Spiritual gaze

TRANSFIGURATION

Reading 1 – GN 12:1-4A

The LORD said to Abram:
“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.

“I will make of you a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you
and curse those who curse you.
All the communities of the earth
shall find blessing in you.”

Abram went as the LORD directed him.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.

R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Reading 2 – 2 TM 1:8B-10

Beloved:
Bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

He saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works
but according to his own design
and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
but now made manifest
through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel.

Verse Before the Gospel – Cf. MT 17:5

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.

Gospel – MT 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Reflection

One of the great benefits of the Season of Lent is the potential inner transformation of the person who desires to be closer to God just like Abram in the First Reading. Imagine: spending time outside at night with God just looking at the stars. What a powerful experience that must have been!

And it is precisely in that quality time of deep spiritual intimacy with the lord that does in fact cause or create this inner transformation in us. And it is not in  just vocal prayer and mediation but also those rich moments ofcontemplation where we are just present with God in various ways such as the deep experience of the Eucharist, placing the Scriptures in front of us and allowing God to speak, and grasping our suffering and offering it to God with every fiber of our being. This is what we see again in our Second reading where the appearance of Jesus changed completely and became glorious. His clothes were “dazzlingly white,” He was standing with Moses and Elijah and then, we hear from His Father. Beautiful.

And of course, there is more…

This was no accident. (Nothing really is with God in our lives.) The night before all this happen, Jesus made this statement: “There are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God.” (9:27) In His own transfigured body, Jesus showed those present what the glorious Church will look like in Heaven. Something magnificent!

However, before all that can happen, there will be an ugly, brutal and bloody crucifixion that will rock their faith. this special event was in part to strengthen the Apostles in their faith to be ready to face what was coming. In a way, it could be compared to letting someone know how a movie or novel ends so that they don’t give up reading or watching,. The story of our salvation is glorious. It’s the middle chapters that are rough!

In Lent, we face our demons and our temptations. Then, in Jesus’ name, we claim victory. At funerals we face death, then we claim life.

In Life, we face darkness and light, joy and tears, and through it all, there remains one constant ray of light: Jesus has already won this battle. Now, it’s our turn.

Our FatherThe Fifth Petition: “And Forgive Us Our Trespasses,
as We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us”

The fifth petition begs God’s mercy for our offences, mercy which can
penetrate our hearts only if we have learned to forgive our enemies,
with the example and help of Christ. (CCC 2862)

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