Saturday, March 7, 2009
Dominica II in Quadragesima: "...et transfiguratus est ante eos."
From the day Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Master 'began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things...and be killed, and on the third day be raised.'(Mt 16:21.) Peter scorns this prediction, nor do the others understand it any better than he. (Mt 16:22-23.) In this context the mysterious episode of Jesus' Transfiguration takes place on a high mountain, (Mt 17:1-8.) before three witnesses chosen by himself: Peter, James and John. Jesus' face and clothes become dazzling with light, and Moses and Elijah appear, speaking 'of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem.' (Lk 9:31.)" (CCC 554)
For a moment Jesus discloses his divine glory, confirming Peter's confession. He also reveals that he will have to go by the way of the cross at Jerusalem in order to 'enter into his glory.' (Lk 24:26.) (CCC 555)
Concede, misericors Deus, fragilitati nostrae praesidium; ut, qui sanctae Dei Genitricis memoriam agimus; intercessionis eius auxilio, a nostris iniquitatibus resurgamus.
Per eumdem Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum qui tecum, vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for Dominica II in Quadragesima.