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2ND SUNDAY OF LENT: TRANSFIGURATION- MARK 9: 2-10- LISTEN TO HIM!

On the top of the mountain, the disciples Peter, James, and John
experienced the transfiguration. Out of the cloud, they heard a lovely
voice: “This is my son, the chosen one, Listen to Him.” Peter exclaimed:
“It is wonderful for us to be here.” Peter wanted to stay on the
mountain
and wanted to build three tents there, away from all troubles and
dangers. They
wanted to stay up on the mountain, because they thought that by seeing the
glorified Jesus, they had achieved holiness in life.

Jesus shows us that holiness is not a place, a mood, or a feeling.
Holiness is an action that has to be discovered in our lives by loving God
and our brothers and sisters. The holiness that is expected of us is
service to the poor, to the underprivileged, and to the forgotten.
Transfiguration invites us to break the chains of our selfishness and pride
and find time to share our time, talents, and treasures with the needy.
Then, we really experience the transfiguration in our daily lives.

Each time we celebrate The Holy Eucharist, we should experience the
transfiguration in our Eucharistic celebration, and from this holy
experience, we should share outside the church by loving and showing mercy
to people, who are broken, poor, sick, suffering, and unwanted. St. Mother
Teresa of Calcutta is a great example of this: she shared the mountain an
experience that she found each time in the Eucharist. She shared her holy
experience by serving the poorest of the poor. St. Mother Teresa said,
“Just as Jesus allows Himself to be broken, to be given to us as food, we
too must break, we must share with each other, with our own people, in our
homes and in our communities, and in our lives become the Eucharistic
life.”

Pope Fancies said in his homily, “From the event of the Transfiguration I
would like to take two significant elements that can be summed up in two
words: ascent and descent. We all need to go apart, to ascend the mountain
in a space of silence, to find ourselves and better perceive the voice of
the Lord. This we do in prayer. But we cannot stay there! Encounter with
God in prayer inspires us anew to “descend the mountain” and return to
the plain where we meet many brothers weighed down by fatigue, sickness,
injustice, ignorance, poverty both material and spiritual.”

However, Jesus said we have to go back down from the mountain and face the
realities of life. We all know the top of the mountain always feels good,
very comfortable, safe, and secure; but to come down from the mountain is
not very easy. It means we have to face our daily challenges, and it is
very risky to come down and live with ordinary people, to experience pain,
suffering, sickness, and so on. Nobody wants to come down; everybody wants
to always be on the “top place.”

The joy and comfort of Mount Tabor strengthens the disciples to face the
agony and trouble of Calvary. In our lives, we, too, can have moments of
transfiguration with rare moments of light and joy. These moments of
transfiguration are given to us to strengthen us for our everyday tasks and
to enable us to face the cross, which in some shape or form comes to
everyone.

We can identify with the disciples their mountaintop experiences of joy and
consolation and we, too, want to stay on top of the mountain. When we
experience moments of trial and suffering we want to flee from the
mountain. We forget that God did not promise us a rose garden but a garden
of olives and a crown of thorns! For the disciples, the Transfiguration
experience was a preparation for their trials, which they are going to face
in the near future. Also, Jesus wants to teach us the glory shining into
our present sufferings. Jesus does not change the world, but Jesus can
transform our hearts, if we allow Jesus to come into our lives!