In all three cycles of our liturgical year, the Gospel for the second Sunday of Lent is the Transfiguration. The first Sunday of Lent focused on our present journey to holiness which includes overcoming temptations and their resulting sins. This second Sunday presents our final goal, not only for Lent but for life. That goal is glory, and it includes passing through death. When Jesus was crucified, it was a shock to his disciples. They had to explain why Jesus, the Lord, had to die that way when they began to preach about him. During the Transfiguration experience, Jesus is seen speaking with Moses and Elijah “of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” As the disciples reflected on this after Jesus’ resurrection, they began to understand Jesus’ death as another exodus experience. It opened a path to spiritual freedom from our primal fear of death by revealing the state of glory. “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,” our Epistle today explains. Glory is a codeword for divinity. Divinity signs are all through the first reading from Exodus and the Transfiguration account: terror, clouds, dazzling clothing, fire. We don’t know what it means concretely, but we will be falling into this glory, we will be joined to God’s glory, after death. These are awe-filled Sunday scriptures!
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia