S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lenten Renewal

In this Second Sunday of Lent, we read in the Liturgy the gospel account of Jesus' Transfiguration (Mt. 17: 1-9). We hear of how the disciples saw the Lord Jesus in His glory -- His face shown like the sun and his clothes became white as light. A wonderful sight indeed. And the disciples further heard the Father's voice in the magnificent vision: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him."

As I reflect on this gospel account, I am really rattled why the Church chose for us this gospel account in this season of Lent. But as I reflect further, it dawned on me that perhaps this particular Transfiguration account speaks something to us. As we immerse ourselves in the holy season of Lent, we are invited to be truly sorry for the sins we have committed and for the good we have failed to do. Yes, the crucifix might be the "symbol" for the season but... Jesus' story did not end in Calvary. Jesus' story triumphed on to Easter Sunday. And perhaps the Transfiguration account, as it foreshadowed the glory of the Resurrection, reminds us that we too, sinners though we are, will shine with Jesus in the Resurrection.

Let us pray then that our vision would be widened: That we not only see the cross in Calvary, but more importantly, the Lord's Empty Tomb. Amen.


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