Seek Jesus's Divine Presence
2nd Sunday of Lent
The Brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica have a retreat center up on a mountain not very far from Kingston City. We can see a “Sign Board” at the top of this mountain which says; “Welcome to Mount Tabor where Heaven and Earth meet!” They have rightly named it “Mount Tabor” as we can truly experience the presence of God up on this beautiful mountain.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear about the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. He reveals his Divine nature to his chosen Apostles. The transfiguration experience was intended to strengthen the weak faith of the Apostles who had doubts about Jesus’ impending Passion and Death. Peter at first didn’t want Jesus to die on the Cross. By revealing His Divine Nature before them, Jesus was showing them a glimpse of what is to come. But first they had to go down the mountain with Jesus in order to climb Mount Calvary. By doing this Jesus was teaching them that there is no Crown without the Cross, there is no Glory without Suffering.
Abraham our Father in Faith put his total trust in God, even though he and his people had to go through a lot of hardships before they could inherit the promised land. We too have our own share of sufferings and doubts in our journey of faith. During this Lenten season, let us purposefully seek for glimpses of Jesus’s Divine presence, which would lead us to a joyful experience of the Risen Lord at Easter.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS