“Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them…””
“The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he ‘will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body.’ But it also recalls that ‘it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God’ (see Phil. 3:21; Acts 14:22).”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 556
Sometimes it seems like Spring will never come. Last week. when the sun came out and I heard the sound of ice melting, my heart lifted. Hope! Winter was not going to last forever. Someday soon we would see green grass bathed in the light of the sun.
The Gospel story of the Transfiguration is like sunshine that gives hope. The spiritual life can feel like trudging up a high mountain. Even if we are following Jesus, there are times when we are just trudging. The road is not always easy.
But the transfiguration reminds us of the goal of the journey. There is glory at the end of the road! On this Second Sunday of Lent we get a glimpse of the end of the journey. Our lenten disciplines can seem like trudging, but they help us to appreciate the view. This weekend we are reminded of why we are on the journey. Lent is taking us somewhere.
The Transfiguration also teaches us that we cannot control the journey. When we receive a beautiful day (like last weekend), we may want to bottle it up. Peter wanted to bottle up the Transfiguration. But we can’t. The challenge is to live so that life becomes a balance of trudging forward and appreciating the beauty along the way.
May God bless you with many moments of sunshine this lent.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood