We were invited last week into the desert as we heard proclaimed the Gospel account of Jesus being tempted. Today’s Gospel account is the one of the transfiguration and there is a similarity between last weeks Gospel with the one from today. Last week Jesus “went” off into the desert and this week it says “Jesus took Peter, John, and James and “went” up the mountain to pray. The key word is “went.”
When I hear the word “went” I also hear the word journey. Brothers and sisters the season of Lent is a journey. Many journeys have adventures and bumps in the road. Life itself is a journey and as a part of our Lenten adventure we focus on those particular bumps in the road known as sin. There is a clear reason why during Lent we focus on sin and that is because sin gets in the way. Get in the way of what we may ask ourselves. It gets in the way of the big picture. What is the big picture…well we find the answer in the Gospel…the big picture is Jesus. See sin blurs our vision and the more we tackle sin and strive to remove it from our lives the clearer the picture of Jesus is for us. The event of the transfiguration opened the eyes of Jesus’ disciples who were with Him at the time. When we remove sin we experience and see Jesus as He really is as God’s beloved Son the one who can lead us out of darkness.
In the account of the transfiguration we hear the voice say, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.” During the season of Lent it is important that we listen to the voice of Christ who desires and wishes to heal us from our infirmities. The more we listen to the voice of the Lord in our lives the more our vision becomes clearer and what becomes clear is that we come to an understanding of what Saint Paul told the Philippians, “Our citizenship is in heaven and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” He then goes onto say, “He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.” The Gospel speaks of the Lord’s glorification and in this season of Lent we consider the possibility of our own glorification in Christ. That is why we are asked to enter into the desert or get away on top of a mountain so that we can face our own sinfulness and turn away from it and back to God. Our citizenship is not of this earth but rather our true citizenship is awaiting each of us if we accept it back in heaven.
Today we journey! Go out journeying towards the light of Christ. May we work tirelessly this Lent to remove those sins from our lives that blur our vision that keeps us from seeing Jesus who He truly is…God’s beloved Son who has come into the world to take away our sins to lead us on the path which leads towards everlasting life!