Jesus assures us of his final victory

March 1, 2015 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18
Romans 8:31b-34
Mark 9:2-10
Fr Fernando Torres, CMF
Claretian Publications

Have you ever felt a great happiness that you wanted not to end? Have you ever wanted to stop the passing of time? Have you ever felt as if you were on the top of something very important, as if everything was full of light? Does the memory of those happy times help you to get through worse moments? 

Something similar must have happened to the disciples of Jesus when they saw the Transfiguration. This very impressive moment happens only a few days before the death of Jesus. It is something that the disciples will keep in their memories forever; it is as an anticipated consolation. The Transfiguration anticipates the happy ending of the Resurrection of Jesus.

We are told that with Jesus the end will be good, will be happy, even if at this time we feel horrible. Today’s gospel has always represented hope for those of us who live on earth in the midst of so many trials and difficulties. When in our lives everything seems to go poorly, when we have all kinds of problems, when it seems as if death and evil are winning, we will be able to remember this moment: Jesus appears in all his glory and assures us of his final victory. Death, pain, difficulties do not have the final word, because Christ has triumphed over all.

For reflection

 

  • What are the experiences in your life that have been so extraordinarily happy that you didn’t want them to end?
  • To what memories do you turn when you are in the midst of a great darkness or pain? How are you comforted?
  • How do you know if you truly believe in the power of the Resurrection of Christ, who triumphs over all evil, pain, and death?

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