March 16, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Second Sunday of Lent

Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Reflection (Sem. Herwyn Bulaun):

     Today’s Gospel describes the transfiguration of Jesus Christ that “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became stunning white.” This prefigures the joy and happiness of the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. The three apostles who were with Jesus felt this joy. In fact, Peter commented that it is better that they will stay in this mountain of transfiguration.

     In our life we also have our own experience of joy and happiness. This may be through any significant event such as wedding day, celebration of 18th birthday, passing the board examinations, the first step of a child who is just starting to walk, and many other things. In my case I cannot forget the time when I woke-up on my bed after long hours of surgery. The pain of the surgery was replaced by the joy of a second life. However, these experiences should bring us into a deeper faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. We should not keep with ourselves the grace of God. Our experience of the must inspire others to strengthen their faith and hope to the loving God.

     I believe the purpose of the offer of St. Peter to Jesus Christ to stay is to relish the meeting of the three great persons in the history of the Israelites. This encounter of the three apostles with the divinity of Christ strengthened and deepened their commitment and dedication to their role of proclaiming the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. They share everything what they learned and experienced with Christ even in the midst of threat to their lives.

     Our experience of joy and grace of God should bring us into a closer relationship with God and with our neighbor. Keeping these experiences within us alone will prevent other people to grow stronger and deeper their relationship with God. Some of our famous saints were inspired by the preaching and lives of others before their conversion. I believe we too can be an inspiration to others.

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