Sunday Sipping: Second Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm 116: 10, 15-19
Second Reading: Romans 31b-34
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. The Divine glory of the Savior manifests before Peter and the sons of thunder. And to top it all off, a cloud overshadows all present, from which comes a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him." Wonderful! Glorious! Ah I wonder what it would have been like to be there.

In some sense, brothers and sisters, we don't have to wonder all that much. In our own lives, we too have our "Transfiguration moments" (a phrase I borrowed from one of our Deacons at St. Catherine's), where we perceive the great glory of God working in our lives and where we can even feel His love and mercy in an almost tangible way. For example, I often have my Transfiguration moments in front of the Lord at Adoration. For many people I know, these moments occur during retreats. Such times are precious and are granted to us by God for our benefit. Knowing that His Apostles would witness His Passion, Jesus permitted them to see Him in this glorious manner to strengthen them, and in our Transfiguration moments, He does the same, that we may be made firm in our own trials.

When times get tough, remember your Transfiguration moments. Draw power from recalling those sacred times and trudge forward! You've caught a glimpse of the goal. Let that guide and motivate you all on your Lenten journeys, brothers and sisters! A blessed Sunday to you all!