On this second Sunday of Lent, the Church invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus. It is a privileged moment which prepares us to relive the Passion of Christ at the time of the Great Week: Holy Week, that comes to a close on Easter Sunday. For at the time of the Transfiguration, Jesus appears in Glory. Now, if Jesus appears in Glory, and if his disciples see him in this sublime state, it is precisely so that these same disciples may be comforted by this celestial vision before passing through the tragic test of the Passion of the Savior.”Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.”What the disciples of Jesus saw and heard on that day was an anticipation of the Resurrection of Christ. In advance, and to comfort them before the moment of his Passion, Jesus allowed his disciples to enjoy a few instants of the divine glory that is his own. Also, it was not acceptable to speak of it as long as Christ had not yet returned to life. Saint Matthew relates the following words of Jesus to his disciples: “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.” (Mt. 17:9) .We too shall see, with the eyes of faith, the glory of the Resurrection of the Saviour: today, during the celebration of the Eucharist, we are going to contemplate Jesus in his sacrament, seeing him, through faith, as he is now, in the glory of Heaven! So, already comforted by his Resurrection, we shall be able to participate joyously in his Sacrifice of Calvary: we are going to proclaim the Death of Christ in the expectation of our own Resurrection in the end times! May Mary, who was present at the foot of the Cross, while having within her, through faith, the fullness of the Spirit of God, come to help us today and always!
On Friday past 22nd February we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, it struck me that just one week down the road from there on Friday 1st March the chair of St. Peter would be vacant after the resignation of Pope Benedict at 8pm the previous evening. There are so many people saying this that and the other about where the Cardinal Electors will go to elect the new Pope. In reality none of us really know where the new Pope will come from or who he will be, that is why we should pray that the Holy Spirit will be the Cardinals guide during the time of the Vacant See (Sede Vacante) and the election (Conclave) so that will of God will happen in the Church through the successor of Saint Peter our new pope and shepherd of our souls.
And so as a Christian community we pray:
O God, eternal shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love
a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness
and to us show watchful care.
Through Christ our Lord