Second Sunday of Lent
God promised Abram (Abraham) a land, posterity and prosperity. It is a free gift on God’s own initiative. God remained faithful to his promise of God. He did that and he is acclaimed the father of faith.
St. Paul in writing to the Philippians (3:17-4:1) warns them of the false teachers who are concerned more with personal comfort than with higher good. They don’t think beyond the present and nothing more than what is attainable here and now. Where as a Christian’s expectation is beyond the present. St. Paul reminds his readers that their home is heaven and that this reality should be reflected in their conduct.
Through the transfiguration event (Lk. 9: 28-36) Jesus gave his disciples a glimpse of the glorious life ahead of them. The event was a testimony of the convergence to the past, present and future. The presence of Moses and Elijah indicated that we will meet those who have gone ahead of us, and they are already in the kingdom of God. What St. Paul tells us in his letter is experienced by the apostles Peter, James and John. Their impression and experience at that moment was a foretaste of the glorious life to come. The transformation has to take place. That takes place for the one who believes. That is what we observe in the life of Abraham, Paul and the Apostles. It is necessary for Peter, James and John who were expecting Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom. The transfiguration experience gave them assurance to look beyond the earthly expectations and trials. For us too it is a lesson and advance information of the transformation that has to take place in us.
The voice from heaven makes it clear that Jesus is the beloved Son of God, to whom all are to listen. Let us not forget the fact that one who follows Jesus must be willing to do what he did, renouncing glory in exchange of suffering. No cross no crown. Do you believe what God speaks to us?