2nd Sunday of Lent (B)


2nd. SUNDAY OF LENT (B) Mark 9:2-10 – Feb 25, 2018

From the shining cloud the Father´s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, listen to him

The Oscar of the Academy Award is the recognition of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , of excellence and professionalism in the film industry, including directors, actors, writers, visual effects, and more. When you watch any of the films awarded with an Oscar, you expect to see one of the best movies produced. But the director of the Oscar awarded picture does not tell you that this is the end and death of his film industry.

Today we hear in Mark´s Gospel one of the most spectacular moments of Jesus´ glory, before his resurrection, including best director (God the Father), best actor (Jesus), best actors in supporting role (Elijah and Moses), and of course, best visual effects, and best costume design and makeup (his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them). The Transfiguration was an anticipation and visualization of the triumphant Paschal Mystery of Jesus. But right before this glorious moment Jesus wanted to teach his apostles that he had first to suffer and die and so to come to the glory of his resurrection.

In our first reading we hear the covenant that God made with Abraham. Abraham showed a great faith and trust in God. He left Ur, his homeland, and went to the land God would give him. Though he and his wife Sarah were of old age, he believed God's promise that he would be the father of many nations. He was shocked when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, the fruit of the promise.

But still he obeyed God. When God saw Abraham's faith, even to the point of accepting killing his son, God stopped Abraham´s intention and renewed the covenant that Abraham would be the father of many nations and that his descendants would be as countless as the stars of the sky or the sands of the seashore. God rewarded Abraham for his faith, and since then Abraham is recognized as the Father and model of faith by all Christians, Jews and Moslems.

The Gospel today tells us the story about Jesus showing his glory to his closest disciples, Peter, James and John on a mountaintop of what Tradition tells us was Mount Tabor. The radiance of the Transfiguration of Jesus has been interpreted as the way God the Father wanted to show his approval of Jesus´ mission, that "the Son of man must suffer many things (…) before rising from the dead."

The crowds who listed to Jesus and his disciples expected a political Messiah to establish a kingdom even by force. The Transfiguration helps his disciples and us to see clearly that the mission of God´s Son was salvation through loving service and death for others. The voice from heaven which Jesus heard at his baptism is repeated today, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” If we are men and women of faith, we know that the same words were addressed to us at our baptism as children of God, and we should take seriously the command to be attentive to listen to God´s directions.

The focus attention of all liturgical celebration is the participation on the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Christ, the center of our Christian life. Baptism is our first sharing in the Paschal Mystery that leads us to the Eucharist. This is accomplished during our earthly journey which comes right before we enjoy the resurrection of Christ, which will help us to fully understand how “Jesus had first to suffer and so come to the glory of the resurrection.” In this way God-Father creator and author of our salvation history, includes us in his plan of the Paschal Mystery.

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