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From failing bodies to ones blazing in glory…

TransfigurationA short meditation on the readings at Holy Mass on the Second Sunday of Lent.1

by Mgr Alban FSDM

This week has been a week where my body has been failing me. I am sure that I am not alone in this. For me, I have been suffering from severe migraines, which have left me almost unable to do anything save lie in bed or on the couch with the lights dimmed.

It is fortunate for us all who follow our Blessed Lord that these trials and tribulations will be followed in the next life by a transfiguration of our bodies. As St Paul says in today’s Second Reading:

“he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body.”

The Transfiguration of Jesus is told to us once again in today’s Gospel,

“Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up into the mountain to pray. AS he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning… And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’”

The disciples who went with Jesus up into the mountain were afraid, for a cloud had appeared just as St Peter was saying to Jesus that they should make three tents, one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah, as all three were present at that time.

The sacred host during Holy Mass becomes our Lord Jesus Christ, present here on the Altar here with us. We may find ourselves afraid like the disciples. Afraid of approaching the transfigured host, of approaching our Lord. We should not be afraid. If we “remain faithful in the Lord”, we have nothing of which to be afraid.

Our own failing bodies, in time will be made new by Jesus. For now, we experience something of the things of heaven when at Mass and when we receive our Blessed Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. As the Post Communion Prayer says:

As we receive these glorious mysteries,
we make thanksgiving to you, O Lord,
for allowing us while still on earth
to be partakers even now of the things of heaven.

I pray for all observing Lent this year that we may always desire and at last attain that glory whose beauty He showed in His own Body to the amazement of His Apostles. May God Bless you all.

In the Name of the Father, ✠ and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Notes
1. Written on the Monday of the second of week as I was unable to write anything yesterday due to illness. Please remember me in your prayers.
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