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Lent 2022: Second Sunday

Second Sunday of Lent
March 13, 2022

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 9:28-36

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed … .”

In the Gospels, Peter, John, and James, were invited by Jesus to go up to the mountain to pray. While praying, they connected with Jesus and were able to see Jesus as he was, in all his glory, as human and divine.

Today, Christ is also inviting us to go up to the mountain, to be transfigured. Transfiguration is a word that speaks to me about being transparent, and presenting ourselves as we are, without masks, vulnerable.

Sometimes, it is hard to show Jesus to others, especially to those we consider to be different. Fears, like prejudices and insecurities, are what we show most of the time to those we think are not like us. Thoughts, words, even actions don’t reflect our Christianity.

Accepting those fears, we recognize our humanity. And by dealing with them, through prayer, we connect with our divinity. Jesus cannot be put in a tent; he must be seen by all. Christ, once again, is inviting us to care for others, to show, with our whole being, hope and compassion, especially to our brothers and sisters in need. In the way we live the Gospel, we reveal the glory of God, we are fully Christians.

Reflection questions

  • What are those fears that don’t allow me to show Jesus to others?
  • How am I called to be transfigured?

—Sister Patricia Rodríguez Leal, CSC