The deflagration of sin has provoked a series of reactions in a chain which were going to propagate themselves, increasing themselves ceaselessly ….. But someone has come who has reformed the situation and has made life spring forth because He is living. It is to Him that we are going, it is to Him that we are listening and whom we celebrate the Eucharist.
Today on Mount Tabor, Christ has recreated, the image of heavenly beauty. It is because He is just and good that I say : “How formidable this place is ! It is nothing less than the house of God: “the gate of heaven.”
Today Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon rejoice in the feast, and heard the train of creation toward God in recreating it. The ancient heralds of the Old and of the New Covenant resemble one another around God, bearers of astonishing mysteries. Today on Mount Tabor the mystery of the cross which gives life by death is sketched. Anastasia the Sinaite (VII Century) Sermon for the Transfiguration of Christ
God put Abraham to an enormous test: “Take your son, your only son.” God knew the immensity of sacrifice He who designated Jesus Christ in saying: “This is my beloved Son.” To the confidence of Abraham he will reply in giving his Son Jesus Christ.
Before his resurrection the disciples will not be permitted to relate what they have seen on Mount Tabor. The Gospel tells us, they will have to “listen” to the Son of God: such will be the urgency for them.
Lent prepares the catechumens to receive the sacraments of Christian initiation, and the faithful to renew their baptismal promises.
On this Second Sunday, the Word of God insists on the importance of our attachment to the Lord: in the account of the sacrifices demanded of Abraham (1st reading) or in the gift without reserve that God has made in His Son (2nd reading and the Gospel).
The Scripture says that Christian engagement is total, without reserve. The Father tells us: “Listen to my Son.” Yes, the faith is first a listening acceptance of the love which is revealed to us. All Christian celebration is first a listening to the Word proclaimed.
This is the essential message received on the mountain. It is a call to follow in the faith. On the mountain, the three disciples receive this message in joy… But they will have to remember this afterwards in the monotony of days and especially when they see You disfigured by suffering.
In the light or in the night, give us the grace to listen to You, Jesus, and to follow You.
With Moses and Elijah, with Peter, James and John, let us pray to the transfigured Christ. Christ, be our light.
All that You touch, Lord of glory, You transform it by Your divinity. Transform then our darkness in your light, our sadnesses into your joy our ugliness into your beauty our bodies of misery into your body of glory, our earth into your paradise, our mortal life into your eternity, and, may we bless you forever and ever. Amen (+Lucien Deiss)