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.
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.