Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The Gospel for today, the Second Sunday of Lent, each year focuses on what is called the Transfiguration. This is to prepare us for the Scandal of the Cross and the Victory of the Resurrection. Embedded in all three Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are loaded messages. Among them are two I wish to highlight.
When Jesus’ whole body radiated the glory of God and the apostles Peter, James and John are afraid, a voice said to them “This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him.” Whenever we are over-awed or afraid, the same voice tells us to listen to Jesus. Next, we are told by all three evangelists, “When they (the Three apostles) looked, they saw no one but only Jesus.”
As we journey through these forty days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, let us heed the voice of God and listen to his Word, the Word who became human and who lives among us. Yes, the Word of God is Jesus himself who identifies with us. When, therefore, we are experiencing glimpses of glory and moments of fear and we look to see who we are to listen to, will see only Jesus and, by extension, only each other. Didn’t Jesus say in Luke 10:16, “Anyone who listens to you, listens to me and anyone who listens to me, listens to the One who sent me”?
Need I say more?
May a God bless you.
Fr. Clement Paul.