March 12, 2017
Today we reflect on the Transfiguration of the Lord, which is traditionally proclaimed during the Second Sunday of Lent. As Jesus is transfigured before the Apostles Peter, James and John, he gives them of glimpse of heavenly glory and reveals what awaits those who believe and live in Christ. This experience is also meant to strengthen these apostles for the upcoming passion. Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets (respectively) of the Old Testament, testify to Jesus that He is the New Law Giver and Prophet of the New Covenant.
This is a wonderful Scripture passage to pray with using imaginitive prayer. The Transfiguration experience of the Apostles also teaches us something about the interior life; which is often marked by consolation (those transfiguration moments of feeling close to the Lord upon a high mountain) and those moments of desolation (down in the valley, feeling far away from His presence). As we encounter the Lord in those "Transfiguration" moments we are being strengthened to stand firm in times of trial, difficulty and persecution. If you are going through a difficult time, recall that last time you were on top of that high spiritual mountain (when you knew he was real and moving profoundly in your life), and ask the Lord for the grace to persevere, remaining steadfast in your Lenten discipline, knowing that you will soon be lifted up again to behold His glory.