Transfiguration Reflection Second Sunday of Lent

Transfiguration Reflection for Second Sunday of Lent

Jesus took his disciples up a high mountain. Then Jesus led his disciples down the mountain.

That mountain, by the way, was called Mt. Tabor.

It was not the highest mountain that we know but because of the event that took place there, Mt. Tabor was regarded as one of the most important mountain in history.

 

The climbing up and the coming down from the mountain were two of the dramatic scenes that we can take note in the account of the transfiguration.

But what happens in between is the key factor that will make that momentous event a highly remembered one.

 

Jesus took us up to the mountain and led us down again.

In between, he introduced Himself. On the mountain top, Jesus, the only King and Messiah, revealed Himself.

We knew it was Him.

It was confirmed by God the Father whose voice we have heard. He said “this is my beloved Son”.

 

The vision was called transfiguration because Jesus did change his appearance. To let us all witness and believe who He is.

But transfiguration is also about Jesus wanting to see a change in us.

He wants to make a new people among us.

He appeals to our senses.

First, to our sense of sight, when He allowed our eyes to see His majestic and dazzling white appearance…

and the vision of Moses and Elijah who were Jesus’ two most important precursors, whose disappearance in the scene clearly says that when everything pass away, who remains in our lives is Christ alone, that is if we believe in Him and have Him in our life;

and second, to our sense of hearing, when He let us hear the voice of His father reassuring us that it is truly Him, Jesus His beloved Son.

Jesus wants us to look more closely and to listen more carefully.

 

At that very moment on the mountain, a change in Jesus’s appearance calls for a change in his witnesses.

What they have seen and heard is not something to be treasured and kept so preciously in themselves, but is something to be lived and shared.

The Father said it so, “Listen to Him!” That is to listen to whatever Jesus says.

And what did Jesus say? What were His words that we should be listening to?

Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, give food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, be merciful, be forgiving… and so on.

 

Witnessing the transfiguration of Jesus calls us to be transfigured too.

If we have a mountain experience with Him, then we have to be new people.

If we are a new people, it has to be seen distinctly and unmistakably by everyone, everywhere!

Our intimate encounter with Christ in prayer, “on the mountain top” entails an active expression.

This is so that our going up to and coming down from the mountain will not go in vain.

So that what we have seen and heard may achieve its purpose of creating a change in us.

Because everything on that mountain was not an ordinary thing, it was all extra ordinary.

It was Christ who went out of His way, to reach out to us, to be extraordinarily close to us at that very instance.

 

But did Peter, James and John understand?

Sadly, not completely.

But Jesus remains eager and faithful in letting them understand.

Remember that in His last few hours, He took the three of them with Him once again.

This time at the garden of Gethsemane… where He let them see His human side.

Jesus sobbing, afraid, distressed, troubled to the point of death.

What does this tells us?

Jesus has revealed His divine and human side. He unveiled Himself both in the exalted and the perturbed state.

Thus, everything we have seen and heard is true. His words and promises are real.

Jesus will bring us gloriously to eternity, but before this happens He will journey with us faithfully through all our agony.

 

Transfiguration Reflection for Second Sunday of Lent

 

 

 

 

 

 

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