Gospel Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year B – February 25th 2018
What the three – Peter, James and John, saw on the mountain of the Transfiguration would always remain with them. Somehow by the gift of God the Father, they saw Jesus in glory, and heard the words of God, ‘Listen to him’. The reason for the listening would be because he is the beloved Son of God.
What Jesus says comes from his heart, and was is in his heart is what he learned from the Father. This was something not just brought from heaven, but learned every day in his prayer with God his Father. The message of Jesus is an eternal message. He expressed this message always in the context and needs of the people he spoke with.
So too for the apostles. They learned a lot on the mountain from God, but they were not to remain there. As he brought them up the mountain, later he brought them down. They had seen the Lord in glory and the afterglow would remain, and support them through the Passion and Death of the Lord, and they would remember his words about rising from the dead.
Lent is a time for dipping into the words and the truth of Jesus. We are never the poorer for this. We do so in prayer, in reading the gospel, taking some time with a spiritual book maybe, and helping the needy. All way of getting in touch with God.
Donal Neary SJ
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