As we enter this second Sunday of Lent, we hear in the gospel of the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the presence of Peter, James, and John. The disciples were able to witness Christ in his glory.
Many of the Fathers of the Church tells us that the reason why they had to encounter the Transfiguration first is so that they could get through the scandal of the cross on Good Friday. Because Peter, James, and John saw Jesus in glory, they were able to get through the Good Friday and get to the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
In our lives, we, too, have many experiences of the Transfiguration in which we encounter Jesus alive and glorified in our midst. These experiences help us to get through the Good Fridays of our own lives.
There are many men and women who suffer the effects of abortion and Good Friday is a reminder of the reality of the sin of abortion as well as sins in our lives. However, as Christians, we have hope knowing that Jesus conquered sin and death and poured out his merciful love on the cross. By the words of Jesus on the cross, “Father forgive them, for they know not” we have been healed. This is the message of Lent, the message of forgiveness, mercy, and love. Ultimately, it is a reminder of the cross leading us to the Resurrection. – Rev. Justin Cinnante, OCarm