Saturday, February 24, 2018
2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
February 25, 2018 - 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
Cycle B. Violet.
Gn 22:1-2, 9a,10-13,15-18 / Rom 8: 31b-34 / Mk 9:2-10
[EDSA Revolution Anniversary]
2ND READING: Rom 8: 3lb- 34
If God is with us, who shall be against us? If he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not give us all things with him? Who shall accuse those chosen by God: he takes away their guilt. Who will dare to condemn them? Christ who died, and better still, rose and is seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us?
GOSPEL READING: Mk 9: 2- 10
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make them. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking with Jesus.
Then Peter spoke and 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." For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came this word, "This is my Son, the Beloved: listen to him." And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.
As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what 'to rise from the dead' could mean.'
The Transfiguration took place after Peter, speaking for the disciples, had confessed that Jesus was the Messiah of God and after Jesus told his disciples that the Son of Man would suffer and die and be risen from the dead.
Peter was so shocked with this that he protested strongly. Jesus rebuked him just as strongly, "Get behind me Satan! You are thinking not as God does, but as people do." (Mk 8: 32- 33)
The Transfiguration and the confirming voice from the cloud were an assurance to the three apostles that indeed Jesus was the "Son of God, the Beloved."
The Transfiguration of Jesus is also closely linked with his agony at Gethsemane before his arrest and death. The same three apostles were privileged witnesses to both events. At Mount Tabor the apostles saw Jesus' divinity in its glory. At Gethsemane the apostles saw Jesus' humanity in pain and agony before his passion and death.
The two events also teach us that our faith has its "ups" and "downs." At the Transfiguration the apostles' faith was bright, strong and enthusiastic: "Master, it is good for us to be here." At the agony in the garden, the apostles could not even keep awake: "Are you sleeping? Couldn't you stay awake for one hour?" (Mk 14: 37)
Similarly at the Transfiguration the Father glorifies his Son: "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him." At Gethsemane, "as he was in agony, he prayed even more earnestly and great drops of blood formed like sweat and fell to the ground": "Father, if it is your will, remove this cup from me; still not my will but yours be done." (Lk 22gh : 44, 42)
The high and low points of faith are similar to life itself: at high points, life is beautiful and everything seems to go well; at low points, nothing goes right and we are discouraged, lost and oppressed.
Faith follows the rhythms of happiness and sadness, of ecstasy and agony, of light and darkness. When up, God seems to be with us; when down, God is testing us. If we trust in God, he will never let us down. In the end God will bless us beyond our wildest dreams.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Peter Siam Lim Ill
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