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Second Sunday in Lent


All three fasted forty days; all three appear in glory.
Between Moses and Elijah (Elias) Jesus shows forth His divine glory;
thus foreshowing His resurrection; He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of all things.

We are faced here with the great contrast between Christ’s glory on Mount Tabor and the extreme humiliation of His passion. But it is God’s will in His plan for man’s redemption that His Son should bear the punishment for our sins and He should pass through suffering and death to lead us with Him in His resurrection.

It is in Jesus that we are blessed by God, that a new humanity, redeemed by Him, becomes the heir to the divine blessings promised to our fathers.

Recall the blessing given to his son Jacob by the patriarch Isaac. In Jacob, superseding Esau his elder brother, to become in his place the object of divine promises, the Fathers saw a figure of Christ, the second Adam, the new head of redeemed humanity, “in whom all nations will be blessed”. The Gospel of the Transfiguration appeared to them to fulfill what this account from the Old Testament pre-figured: God blessed His Son “clothed in our flesh”, as Isaac had blessed Jacob wearing his brother’s clothes. It is because He united Himself to us even taking “on flesh like to our sinful flesh” as St. Paul says, and dying on the cross that He has made us co-heirs of His glory and the well-beloved sons of His Father in heaven.

Before following Christ in His glory we have to undergo the test of this life. In our weak condition which requires the constant help of grace, we must keep our souls and bodies in the practice of a holy life of a kind to be pleasing to God.