Posted by: livingscripture | February 25, 2018

Second Sunday of Lent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Second Sunday of Lent, February 25, 2018

WORD of the DAY  

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. 

 (Mark 9: 7-8)

How shall I live this Word?

A play of lights and shadows, of clouds, of sky, of unexpected horizons fills today’s liturgy.  The episode of the Transfiguration creates a solution of continuity in the Gospel accounts.  Even in Mark’s account, it is like a temporary hiatus that intervenes in the daily life of the apostles.  Time and space empty themselves and allow the infinite to reveal itself.  The first light, so unsupportable to the eyes, that had allowed them to see Jesus transfigured and the presence of Elijah and Moses, now is covered by a cloud, that relieves their eyes and covers the frightened Peter, James, and John in a cloud.

Of course, the shadows are scary, especially if they are indecipherable and draw out the phantasms that live there, but the shadows protect and help to resist even in extreme situations. The mystery revealed in the transfiguration was a sudden and excessive eruption of God into the experience of the apostles. The shadow allows them to face the memory of what happened, and the indelible imprint of the resurrection imprinted on them will help them to welcome the mystery of Easter, in its dramatic movement between death and life.

Lord, the Liturgy is a hiatus that is offered to us daily to encounter Your Mystery and allow our humanity to penetrate it.  May this Sunday, this Liturgy put us in dialog with the indelible imprint of the Resurrection that is in us and that helps us to already live as risen ones!

The Message of E. Mounier

Love?  It means offering one’s life for another, everything, even to the flesh of your soul, and to the flesh of worthless days, outside of the transfiguration brought to you from the Other.

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