March 16 - Second Sunday in Lent : Transfiguration

March 12th, 2014

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First Reading         :  Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm                     :  Psalm 121
Second Reading    :  Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Gospel                   : 
John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9

The transfiguration of Jesus offers the disciples an ever fuller glimpse of who Jesus is and what he will do. The shadow of the Cross and the imminent suffering and death were always before the eyes of Jesus. The disciples too must become sharers in His Cross. The transfiguration experience provided them an extraordinary strength to face the future. The disciple who witnessed the heavenly glory must also witness his earthly agony at Gethsemane. That is the same for us: suffering and glory are both a call and a gift.