Today’s Gospel reading is from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 9:28b-36. Since this particular Gospel passage speaks about the Transfiguration and we are today celebrating the Second Sunday of Lent, I was looking around to how best to tie in the Transfiguration and Lent. While reading the National Catholic Register’s archives, I came across a blog post by Jimmy Akin, a Catholic Apologist for Catholic Answers. I would encourage you to read his full blog of August 3, 2015 on 10 things you need to know about Jesus’ Transfiguration.
Among the 10 things that he mentions – two really struck me:
The Catechism explains it this way:
Christ’s Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles’ faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent onto the 'high mountain' prepares for the ascent to Calvary. Christ, Head of the Church, manifests what his Body contains and radiates in the sacraments: 'the hope of glory' [CCC 568].
The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed certain apostles to have a privileged spiritual experience that was meant to strengthen their faith for the challenges they would later endure. But it was only a temporary event. It was not meant to be permanent. In the same way, at certain times in this life, God may give certain members of the faithful (not all of the faithful, all the time), special experiences of his grace that strengthen their faith. We should welcome these experiences for the graces they are, but we should not expect them to continue indefinitely, nor should we be afraid or resentful when they cease. They may have been meant only as momentary glimpses of the joy of heaven to sustain us as we face the challenges of this life, to help strengthen us on the road that will--ultimately--bring us into the infinite and endless joy of heaven.
As we journey through this very holy Season of Lent, May you be strengthened in anticipation of the Lord’s Passion. May you like the apostles have a privileged spiritual experience that will strengthen your faith for the challenges that you will later endure!
May this Lenten journey be one that brings you most close to Christ!