My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ! King of endless glory! Welcome back to Daylight Savings Time!
On this second Sunday of Lent, our clocks “spring ahead” one hour! Enjoy now the extra hour of daylight! Masses today are according to Daylight Savings Time. Spring will be here soon enough now! Actually, the word “Lent” means spring.
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. Today we hear the Gospel of the glorious Transfiguration of Jesus Christ our Lord. St. Mark’s placement of the Transfiguration account after the first passion prediction of Jesus reveals that, while Jesus is Messiah, he will not come to reign in glory as expected of the royal Messiah. Rather, Jesus’ triumph will come through suffering and death.
The Cross will not have the final word, though; Jesus will reign in glory because of His resurrection. We read about the Transfiguration of Jesus so early in Lent because Catholic tradition tells us that this event of our Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tabor took place forty days before his crucifixion on Mount Calvary.
As those who hear the Gospel today, we know and understand the story of Jesus’ life, passion, death, and resurrection. Yet, as we proclaim this Gospel story, so many today, at this very hour, need to see a brief glimpse of Jesus’ glorious identity.
We are living now in difficult times, materially, financially, and even spiritually. Many indeed are bankrupt spiritually! We need a glimpse of Easter glory now! The proclamation of the Transfiguration serves as a reminder that Easter comes at the end of Lent.
Even though we who are disciples of Jesus today often want to have Easter before Holy Week, let this Gospel serve to teach you and all Christians that together you and I must come down the mountain with Jesus and follow Him to Jerusalem. There you will see him on Calvary, nailed to the cross and suffering too, as the Son of God. The perfect fulfillment of the law and prophets, our Redeemer, transfigured in the blood of His Cross.
I offer some ways this second week of Lent you can be closer to Christ: take less of what you like and more of what you dislike at meals; take nothing to drink between meals; do not use seasoning on your food during Lent; do not take sweeteners with your food or drinks; take nothing to eat between meals; avoid any TV, radio, computer or cell phone; instead read the Passion of Christ in your Bible or Missal. Take only one helping of each item at meals today. Say an extra rosary.
Lenten Sunday Blessings to all!
Devotedly in Christ Crucified,