Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ…Some more excerpts from the Catechism 2nd Sunday of Lent, February 28th, 2010:

             521 Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us.  “By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.”193  We are called only to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model: “We must continue to accomplish in ourselves the stages of Jesus’ life and his mysteries and often to beg him to perfect and realize them in us and in his whole Church…For it is the plan of the Son of God to make us and the whole Church partake in his mysteries and to extend them to and continue them in us and in his whole Church.  This is his plan for fulfilling his mysteries in us.” 194

             555 For a moment Jesus discloses his divine glory, confirming Peter’s confession.  He also reveals that he will have to go by the way of the cross at Jerusalem in order to “enter into his glory.”295  Moses and Elijah had seen God’s glory on the Mountain: the Law and the Prophets had announced the Messiah’s sufferings.  296  Christ’s Passion is the will of the Father: the Son acts as God’s servant;297 the cloud indicates the presence of the Holy Spirit.  “The whole Trinity appeared: the Father in the voice; the Son in the man; the Spirit in the shining cloud.”298  “You were transfigured on the mountain, and your disciples, as much as they were capable of it, beheld your glory, O Christ our God, so that when they should see you crucified they would understand that your Passion was voluntary, and proclaim to the world that you truly are the splendor of the Father.”299

             556 On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover, the Transfiguration.  Jesus’ baptism proclaimed “the mystery of the first regeneration”, namely, our Baptism; the Transfiguration “is the sacrament of the second regeneration”: our own resurrection.300  From now on we share in the Lord’s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacraments of the Body of Christ.  The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he “will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body.”301  But it also recalls that “it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”302  “Peter did not yet understand this when he wanted to remain with Christ on the mountain.  It has been reserved for you, Peter, but for after death.  For now, Jesus says: Go down to toil on earth, to serve on earth, to be scorned and crucified on earth.  Life goes down to be killed; bread goes down to suffer hunger; the Way goes down to be exhausted on the journey; the Spring goes down to suffer thirst, and you refuse to suffer?”303

                                                                                       Fr. Michael Phillippino


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