Thursday 21 March 2019
The Transfiguration of Jesus
2nd Sunday in Lent
“Jesus took with Him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the aspect of His Face was changed and his clothing became as brilliant as lightning.” Luke 9:28
Our prayer this week reflects the Gospel reading we heard at Mass on Sunday. Before the horror of Golgotha Jesus chooses His three closest disciples; Peter James and John and takes them up Mount Tabor to witness His true nature and reveal His glory. These are the same three disciples who will be with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when He undergoes His agony of prayer and sweat of blood before His sorrowful Passion and Death. We see a snapshot of the glory of the Risen Jesus after His cruel Death and burial when He rises in triumph on the third day.
All too often it can seem like we are walking our own ‘way of the cross’ which leads to Golgotha. The good news of Jesus Christ – the Gospel as proclaimed and lived out day by day in and through the Church tells a different story. Because Jesus is alive for ever and is the Victorious One, we can have hope that we too, after passing through our own death, will be raised to life with Him and share in His glory.
Knowing that Jesus has conquered everything and has experienced everything that we too experience (yet without sin) we have hope that we too will be changed into His likeness and reflect His glory. This can happen in our lives now before we die as the Holy Spirit changes, moulds and fills us with His divine life to help us live our lives in the way that the Father wants and which please Him and bring ultimate glory to Him.
The event of the Transfiguration in the life of Jesus is the snapshot of His Glory and Heavenly Majesty. Once again the voice of the Father is heard from Heaven and confirms Jesus’ Ministry as the Saviour of the World and strengthens Jesus for the terrible physical, emotional and spiritual suffering which is to come. His transfiguration is the foretaste of the glory of the Resurrection which will be ours, made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice. As we continue on our Lenten journey let us remain faithful to our promises to pray, to give and to fast as we journey with Jesus.
We remember how Jesus Your Beloved Son was transfigured by your glory and shone like the sun.
Through our keeping of Lent, by Your Holy Spirit’s power may we be changed into a closer likeness of Him by reflecting Your glory in our lives and during this Year of Mercy bring your light to others.
We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.