On Ash Wednesday, during the reading at Mass, we heard Jesus inviting us to pray the only prayer that he gave us, the ‘Our Father’. He clarified the way of fasting that is pleasing to God is by keeping a joyful face and as Isaiah wrote, to reach out to our neighbour in need.
Last Sunday, we were invited to meditate on the three kinds of temptations Jesus accepted to be submitted to so as to teach us how to be victorious over temptations, in him and through him, in regard to the sins of pride, vanity and flesh (food, drink, lust…)
Today, we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. It would beprofitable to spend time meditating on the following questions during our family Lectio Divina or parish group times or personal time of reflection: Was it fitting for Jesus to be transfigured? Why did he choose Peter, James and John? Why did Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus, and not Abraham or any other prophet?
For Christians who believe in the mystery of the Transfiguration of Jesus and therefore in our own transfiguration after we die, there is a tremendous hope. Indeed, there is more hope for believers than for those who fear old age and who strive at extending their life on earth through all kind of medical procedures and interventions!
The Catechism teaches: “The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body.” (Read more in CCC # 556)
The Transfiguration of Jesus is a great mystery that feeds our hope since one day it will be our turn to be transfigured. Let us believe in Jesus; let us love him every day by loving our neighbour. Let us adore him present in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Indeed it is our love of charity that transforms lives and lights up the faces of those who are sad and rejected… During Lent we focus on our relationship with Jesus, on spending more time in the church in front of the Blessed Sacrament and by reaching out to other people in need. Here are encouraging words of Pope Francis in his Lenten Message:
“May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.”