A Good Word by Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, OFM 3.5.2023
This Second Sunday of Lent’s Gospel shares with us the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ that three of the disciples witness upon the holy mountain. They were privileged to see and hear the Love of God identify Jesus as the Son of God.
These disciples had been following Jesus, and they figured that Jesus was the Messiah – but after what ever happened on that mountain, it had transformed the way they saw and understood Jesus.
In fact, this experience of the Love 0f God revealed had transformed the way they saw the world and the people in it. The disciples saw and interacted with everything in a new way.
They were called to bring that new way of seeing and understanding with them as they left the mountain. In fact, Jesus urges them not to build tents on the mountain – meaning not to stay put or become comfortable - but rather Jesus sends them forth with a new vision to proclaim to all.
And the disciples go out with this transformed way of seeing and living the Good News of Jesus Christ and they share it with others. They help transform others so that they too can experience the loving power of God through Jesus Christ.
Right here, right now, amid the world you and I live in, Jesus Christ also invites you and me to be open to the Love of God in order to be transformed so as to see and do things in a new way.
This transformed way of seeing and living life is important if you and I are to put the Gospel of Jesus Christ into practice and not allow ourselves to be blinded by the often self-serving stance of our popular culture.
Our embracing this way of seeing and living the Love of God is what gives us the grace to to see all people the way our God sees everyone - with love and understanding.
May you and I use this time of Lent to affirm our belief in the Risen Life of Jesus Christ, to recognize the loving presence of God in our world and each other, and to embrace the Good News that Jesus Christ has overcome evil and sin with God’s goodness and love. May we too see and understand in this new way.
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May God bless you with Peace and All Good.