Second Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration

Published February 21, 2016 by Unprodigal Daughter

Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel tells us the story about the Transfiguration of our Lord. When we say that Jesus “transfigured,” we mean that his outward appearance changed drastically. This transfiguration took place on a mountain with the apostles Peter, James, and John, and the Old Testament figures Elijah and Moses appeared as well. But what is the significance of this event?

Let’s pretend that you are one of the apostles on the mountain with Jesus.

What are your thoughts? You see Jesus change in appearance, you hear the voice of God, and you witness two of the most important people in the history of your faith. Something important is clearly taking place.

As a Jew, you know that Moses represents the Law, and Elijah is a reminder of the importance of the prophets.  But the voice of God tells you that Jesus is His Son, so that means that Jesus is a greater prophet than anyone else, and his Law is greater than any previous Law. God is giving you a New Law and a New Covenant through Jesus.  God tells you to do what Jesus says.

Why is Jesus revealing Himself to you in this way? Are you better than the others? Are you to stay here on this mountain, make three tents and worship the Lord? The answer is no. Jesus is revealing himself in a unique and special way to strengthen your faith in order for you to handle what lies ahead. But this experience is only meant to be temporary. Jesus’ glory has not yet been achieved–not until his Exodus in Jerusalem.

Now come back to being the 21st-century-you. Have you ever experienced a taste of Jesus revealing himself to you in some sort of miraculous way? Why do you think it did not last forever? You too were given a gift that can strengthen your faith, and help you experience bliss with God. But that bliss is temporary and there is something better in the future–the blissfulness of heaven is what we have to look forward to.

Opening Prayer

At the Transfiguration, Father, You showed
Jesus in glory, a glimpse of what His disciples
would see in His risen life.

Bless us in our humanity,
with an awareness of Your presence,
leading us to share in Your divine life
even in our daily struggle.

Help us to deepen
our knowledge of the Law and the Prophets,
channels of Your grace throughout history,
and signposts for our journey.
Amen.

(taken from https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/a-prayer-for-the-transfiguration-of-our-lord-jesus/)

Daily Readings

Reading 1 GN 15:5-12, 17-18

The Lord God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

He then said to him,
“I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land as a possession.”
“O Lord GOD,” he asked,
“how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
He answered him,
“Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
and placed each half opposite the other;
but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

When the sun had set and it was dark,
there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying: “To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates.”

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Responsorial Psalm PS 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14

R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.

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The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

_
Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

_
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

_
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

———–
Reading 2 PHIL 3:17—4:1

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters,
and observe those who thus conduct themselves
according to the model you have in us.
For many, as I have often told you
and now tell you even in tears,
conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction.
Their God is their stomach;
their glory is in their “shame.”
Their minds are occupied with earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
in this way stand firm in the Lord.

———

Verse Before The Gospel CF. MT 17:5

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.

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Gospel LK 9:28B-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

(taken from USCCB.org)

Multimedia

For an additional explanation on the Transfiguration, watch this clip.

Here is a cute Lego-style video on the Transfiguration as well!

Additional Activities

For some great family ideas (or just things to do on your own) during Lent, check out this awesome website!

Closing Prayer

Holy God, mighty and immortal,
you are beyond our knowing,
yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ,
whose compassion illumines the world.
Transform us into the likeness of the love of Christ,
who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity,
the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(taken from http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers.php?id=116)

 

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