Sunday 17 March 2019
2ND SUNDAY OF LENT.
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18. Psalm 26(27):1, 7-9, 13-14. Philippians 3:17 – 4:1. Luke 9:28-36
The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalm 26(27):1, 7-9, 13-14.
‘This is my son, my Chosen; listen to him!’
The Transfiguration is a pivotal event in all three synoptics. It is the point where the powerful works of kingdom proclamation begin to give place to the demands of discipleship. Once the Messiah has been identified, it is time for the disciples to learn to walk in his ways. He will lead them on a second Exodus, from the servitude of this world into the freedom of God’s kingdom.
The way will be hard, so the Father provides one last assurance that it is sure, despite appearances. Moses and Elijah appear in glory before the transfigured Jesus and, while they speak to the Messiah, the Father addresses the disciples. They are to fix their gaze on the Son and listen to what he says. The Father works powerfully in Christians who read the gospels assiduously and heed their ways.