The second Sunday of Lent is always the account of the Transfiguration. If the first Sunday of Lent is a striking reminder of Jesus’s solidarity with us in temptation, the second Sunday is meant to remind us that the glory that burst forth from Jesus’s body is a glory that he means to share with all who are baptized into his death and resurrection. This is what St. Paul affirmed in today’s second reading: “He (Jesus Christ) will change our lowly body to confirm with his glorified body” (Phil 3:21).
In the Transfiguration, the true divine nature of Jesus was revealed, and for a moment it manifested over HIS human nature. There was nothing earthly that was put on Him to make Him radiate with divine glory.
And the voice from the cloud affirmed the true identity of Jesus as the Son of God, and it also commanded us to listen to Him. Jesus is divine, yet He took on human nature with its weakness, and He even went on to suffer and die on the Cross to save us.
In saving us, Jesus restored our true human nature, and that is we are created in the image of God. In our true nature, we manifest and express the image of God and the holiness of God. But sin has disfigured and deformed our human nature, and so instead of radiating the holiness of God, we show the ugliness of sin and evil.
Instead of being charitable, we choose to be irritable and irritating others as well.
But in His Transfiguration, Jesus showed us who He is, and we are also reminded of who we are, that we are created in the image of God and that we are His children.
Let us listen to the voice of Jesus and go up with Him to the mountain of prayer so that we can see who we truly are. May we be healed of our sinfulness and restore to the image of God that we are created in.
May we also radiate the holiness of God and also help others to rise from the lights of earth and journey toward the eternal light of above.