February 24, 2013

The Gospel Today

Second Sunday of Lent

Lk. 9: 28B-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):

There was that experience of mine last Christmas break. Every vacation in the seminary, be it a semestral break, summer or Christmas break, though a very short one, I always would make a point to visit the families whom I visited before, bringing the statue of Mama Mary. There was that inner desire in me not to lose that friendship, be it the term to use, or that conviviality they received from the Mother of God, because it was not me who visited them, it was Mama Mary as represented by a beautiful statue. There was that inner desire in me to make a follow up in those families the message the Blessed Mother “told them” during those short visits to their homes.

A family or two that touched my visit last Christmas break was that when they told me how happy they were when I visited them, as if “they were visited again by Mama Mary”. Then I asked myself, what was in me that they were able to say that? Miserable as I am, plenty of shortcomings, sins and failures! I further asked myself, “Was there an aspect of radiance or “dazzling white” on my face? But above all, I believe it was the love of God in Jesus Christ and Our Lady that shone in me.

Today’s Gospel narrates Our Lord’s Transfiguration. At the end of the narration there is the voice from the clouds, saying “This is my beloved Son, my Chosen, listen to him!”. From these words of the Father towards His own Son, we can also say that in the spirit of being children of God, we also become the beloved children of the Father with Jesus Christ as our model. It is to Him that we must listen!

In this season of Lent, we are once again invited to be transfigured in Christ. How to do it? We are always reminded of the Sacraments. A true and repentant heart in the Sacrament of Reconciliation! I always emphasize this for this is much needed today, especially in this Year of Faith. If one has faith, he or she trusts in the Lord and if one trusts in Christ the Lord, he or she approaches what Jesus the Lord established. They are the Sacraments He established on earth.

Through the intercession of Our Lady, for She would always pray to Her Son Jesus Christ for us, may we have more strength in living a life based on our model, the Transfigured Christ.

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