Skip to main content

Second Sunday,Lent,.C.March 11,01.Lk.(:28-36

2nd Sunday of Lent, C, Mar.11, 2001

(Lk: 9:28-36)

Years ago I had a chance to visit the foothills of the Himalayas with a few priest-friends of mine. There was a particular spot at the foothills where tourists would arrive around 2.30 am to see the morning rays of the sun fall on Mount Everest. We too went over there to see that magnificent spectacle of the Mount Everest becoming radiant and resplendent in the morning rays of the sun. It is a sight of such spectacular beauty that one would have to borrow the lines of the poet Wordsworth to describe its splendor: “a presence that disturbs one with joy of elevated thoughts and a sense of something far more deeply interfused.” It was in a way a daily enactment of the nature’s transfiguration in beauty and splendor.

Today as we listen to the words of the Gospel we find how the Apostles have come face to face with a beauty whose majesty and splendor no poet could describe. It is Jesus Transfigured in the glory of his divinity, an experience no man had been ever witness to. Peter was so overcome with the beauty of that spectacular nature of the moment that he wanted to perpetuate that moment forever on earth, to capture that dream in reality, by erecting tents there for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.

For Peter, John and James, the vision of the Transfiguration of Jesus would always remain etched in their memory whatever might be the suffering that would be inflicted on Jesus, whatever may be persecution they would undergo for their faith in Jesus. In their hearts they knew that it was with the Son of God that they were daily conversing and moving with. They heard a voice from the cloud that said this is my chosen Son; listen to him” and they would be listening to him forever in their lives and would try hard to make others to listen to Him.

The presence of Moses and Elijah indicated to the Apostles that the time of the Law and the Prophets was over and that salvation would now come only through Jesus, the Son of God. The Apostles were also at the threshold of witnessing the passing of an era in the history of salvation and of the coming of a new dispensation where salvation was offered to all, Jews and the Gentiles, to all races and nations.

What did transfiguration mean to the apostles? In their time of crisis, when Jesus was humiliated, persecuted and crucified, it gave them the courage to stick with him. To every one else the crucifixion would have been a signal of the failure of Jesus. But not to the apostles. Their experience at Tabor helped them to understand that what happened on Calvary, that suffering and death of Jesus were part of his glory and that they would result in His Resurrection . The apostles felt then and forever in their lives that Calvary and Tabor would forever be linked in a follower’s life.

The death of Jesus on the cross was the proof of his love for us and the proof of his glory the intimations of which were given on Mt. Tabor. As a spiritual writer has put: “ When we realize that God of all love is so present to us, that he loves us each personally, no matter how sinful we are…. Then all of life becomes new fresh and creative…That God loves us, personally, lavishly, unsparingly, even foolishly is what the Transfiguration of Jesus tells us.”

During this season of Lent as we prepare to grow closer to Jesus and as we mould and refashion our attitudes and perceptions, what kind of message does the Transfiguration give us?

Jesus through his love and mercy had transfigured hundreds and thousands of people. He brought them out of their sinfulness, gave them love and made them loveable. He cured the lepers, gave life back to Lazarus and widow’s son, expelled demons from the possessed. What is he asking us at this moment? He is asking us to continue the work of transfiguration. : whether we can we transfigure the lives of others through our love and compassion; whether instead of accelerating the speed of vengeance and hatred, we can try hard to create an atmosphere of love and understanding in our places of work; whether we can create a much deeper loving atmosphere at home. Can we be a little more tolerant of the weaknesses and failures of our co-workers?

We should also ask ourselves : What kind of transformation can we achieve in our own inner lives? Can we move from being a selfish person to a generous and understanding person? Can we move from being an angry and impatient person to a person of understanding and caring? From a non-caring attitude to one of helpfulness? We have to say Yes to all these questions. This is the way that we can undergo transfiguration in our lives. How do we get the courage and grace to make such a drastic change in our lives? We have to listen to the word of God: “Listen to Him, this is my Chosen son”. These are the words of God asking us to follow Jesus.

During this Lent, let us pray for the grace so that we can make this journey along with the apostles to reach the Mount Tabor to experience our own transfiguration in a smaller way.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fourth Sunday,LentB,April2.jn.3:14-21

Speaking of the mercy and hope instilled into him by the Gospel, St.Augustine says: “ Jesus came to us captives as a Redeemer, not an oppressor. The Lord shed His blood for us, redeemed us, gave us new hope …. Even while we are being tossed about by the waves on the sea, we have the anchor of hope already fixed upon the land.” The mercy and compassion of Jesus makes St.Augustine say again: “I will hold fast to you, Lord, as you hold fast to me.”As we are nearing the end of the period of Lent, we become more aware of the need of God’s mercy in our lives, in the context of our own sins and failures. All the readings from the Scriptures today speak to us about His great mercy and love.The Book of Chronicles shows how in spite of the infidelities of Israel and their betrayal of their faith in the Lord, God offers them hope in their period of suffering, in their time of captivity. God makes them understand that their period of captivity will be over soon and they will be brought to their m…

Fourth Sunday,Advent,99

Wordsworth, one of the most famouspoets of English Literature and whose poems most of us have read and studied wrote very magnificently about the Blessed Virgin Mary in one of his later poems, known as the Ecclesiastical sonnets. He speaks of Mary as “ our tainted nature’s solitary boast, purer than foam on central ocean tossed,” and “Brighter than Eastern skies at day break.” The Protestant writer and Professor of history at YaleUniversity, Prof.Jaroslav Pelican writes: “ It is impossible to understand the history of Western spirituality and devotion without paying attention to the place of the Virgin Mary.”Why has Mary captivated the imagination of poets, artists, writers and millions of ordinary people down through the centuries? The answer is given in today’s Gospel: “Hail Mary, full of Grace …you have found favor with God.” Mary is God’s favored daughter, unparalleled in spiritual and physical beauty, the recipient of all the beautiful blessings of God. That is why no century can…

Fourth Sunday,Ord.A,Feb.3,02.Mt.5:1-12

4th Sund.Ord.A,Feb.3,02All the readings in today’s Scriptures speak to us about the marvelous way in which God lifts up the poor and the humble to be carriers of his message and the symbols of His presence in the world.In the first reading, the Prophet Zephaniah points out how God would choose a remnant of Israel, a most humble section of the people who would live out in their lives their absolute and irrevocable faith in the Lord to symbolize his presence in the world. St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians again highlights the same point. It is the humble and the foolish of the world that God has chosen to be the announcers of His kingdom. “ God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise. God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong."These ideas get a clear focus when we come to Jesus as he begins to reveal the nature of His kingdom through the Sermon on the Mount.The Sermon on the Mount is a radical call to a new way of life, a way of life that is so different …