From Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas
We have started our Lenten journey. This Sunday we hear about the Lord’s Transfiguration. Here we see a glimpse of the glory of our Lord revealed.
Moses, Elijah and Jesus spent time in the desert. Israel spent 40 years wandering in the desert on the way to the Promised Land. We are in the midst of our forty days in the desert of Lent. Like the Israelites we get to experience God in the desert and up in the mountain.
It is so nice and beautiful be on top of a mountain. Peter, James and John saw a far better sight. Jesus was transfigured right before their eyes and the glory of God is revealed. The disciples were asking our Lord if they could stay up there.
In life we will always have our moments of ups and downs. There will be happy and sad times. And our personal experiences will eventually form us and mold our character. The pain and suffering, sorrows and tribulations that we all go through are occasions for us to reflect on our relationship with God and how we can imitate our Lord. Jesus was not spared of pain and suffering; He had to carry the cross and embrace suffering and death, which eventually led to His resurrection and glory.
Jesus and his disciples had to come down the mountain to finish the work ahead. Like Abraham we also are asked to go out of our city, out of our comfort zone, and onto the unknown paths of encounter with God. We make this spiritual journey during the holy season of lent so we will be transfigured and transformed into the likeness of our Lord.
– Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas
(This reflections on the reading for the Second Sunday of Lent published Bulletin of Our Lady of Victory Church, Manhattan, New York – March 20, 2011)