Every year, on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, we hear about the Transfiguration of Jesus. Why? Jesus revealed his glory to the 3 apostles to strengthen them for the journey ahead - the journey to crucifixion. The same vision is offered to us, to strengthen us in our Lenten Journey. Last week - temptation: this week we are driven onwards by a vision of glory that will be ours - the goal of our lives of faith and all we do as Christians
The First Reading, following last week’s outline of salvation history, narrates the covenant God makes with Abraham, promising him a land and many descendants. As Abraham puts his faith in God so Psalm 26 sings of trust and faith and hope. It unites Abraham’s story with that of Jesus in the Gospel. The Second Reading to the Philippians also underlines the theme of trust in the Lord and Saviour for whom we wait in hope because he will transform our lives through our faith in him.
The Gospel of the Transfiguration points us towards Christ’s passion and death in Jerusalem, while, at the same time, it reveals Jesus bathed in the glory of his Father’s love. As I enter into the meaning of these readings and pray them this week, may I better understand the salvation offered to us by Jesus.