Homily — 2nd Sunday Lent B 3/8/9

Homily — 2nd Sunday Lent B                         3/8/9

Last Sunday, as we began the Season of Lent, we were given the image of Jesus in the desert, fasting and praying and resisting the devil’s temptation for 40 days, to inspire us in our 40 days of prayer and fasting and resisting temptation.

This Sunday, we move out of the desert, and take a climb up a high mountain with Jesus, Peter, James and John.

And having made this strenuous climb with Jesus leading us and encouraging us every step of the way, we finally make it to the summit, and there we see Jesus in a totally new way.

After that tough climb, Jesus is no longer this ordinary looking nice guy most people that don’t know Him too well see Him to be.

On that mountain height, Jesus our Lord is Transfigured before our very eyes.

His face is as bright as the Sun: a face radiating with joy and peace, even while Moses and Elijah describe in detail to Jesus the bitter pain and suffering He will soon undergo.

And like Peter, James and John, seeing this vision on top of this high mountain, you and I are both terrified and overjoyed at the same time.

Terrified, because you and I hear Moses and Elijah speak of the upcoming betrayal, the scourging, the crown of thorns, the nails, the lance – all to save me from my sins.

Terrified also at how lightly I’ve taken my personal sins, thinking they weren’t that big a deal, being in denial of them, rationalizing that everybody else doing the things I do.   Having followed Jesus up this high mountain, I see how wrong I was in all this, and it terrifies me at how much I’ve hurt Jesus my Lord.

But at the same time, on top of that mountain I am overjoyed at seeing Jesus’ radiant face looking lovingly at me, ready and eager to forgive me, so desiring to fill me with the light and love and peace that shines so brightly in His Sacred Heart through the Sacrament of Penance.

Like Peter, my joy is so great that I want to say to Jesus “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Jesus, I want to stay on top of this high mountain with you forever; Jesus, I desire to always have this vision of you Transfigured, ever before my eyes.”

My brothers and sisters, Jesus blesses with this Heavenly Vision all those who take that strenuous journey up the high mountain of holiness, of prayer fasting and almsgiving this Lenten season.

May this vision be ever before us as we head down the mountain with Jesus and follow Him to the Cross, and on to His Resurrection.

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