"All Things in Christ"

Second Sunday of Lent Year B

1 March 2021

“He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things? Rom. 8:32

In today’s Gospel (Mk. 9:2-10) we have the account of Jesus on Mount Thabor where He is transfigured into His divinity in the presence of Moses and Elias and before three of His apostles, Peter, James and John. It is a magnificent vision of His divinity for the apostles in order that they would be sustained and not scandalized when they see Jesus Christ crucified until death on the cross. During this theophany, which is the revelation of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we hear the Father praise His Son Jesus: “This is my most beloved son; hear ye him.” Mk. 9:6 The Father is most pleased with His Son Jesus who out of obedience to Him has sacrificed himself to redeem the human race from the sin of Adam: In this we see the great love the souls of men because the Father has sacrificed His own Son for men, and the Son of God, Jesus Christ, willingly sacrificed His life for men out of obedience to His Father: “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.” Jn. 3:16-7

God’s Test of Abraham’s Love

In the First Reading (Genesis 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18), we see how God asked Abraham to sacrifice his own son Isaac to test his love for Him. This was a great sacrifice for Abraham as he and his wife Sara were both old and had waited so many years for the birth of a son. Because Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son, God blessed him: By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake: I will bless thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the sea shore: thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Gen. 22:16-18

“He that spared not even his own Son,..” Rom:8:32

In today’s Second Reading from the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 8: 31b-34) St. Paul reminds us of the great benefits we have with the death of Jesus on the Cross. God the Father spared Abraham of sacrificing his son, but He Himself sacrificed His own

Son on the cross. It is this same Son, Jesus Christ who died for us and who intercedes for us with His Father: “He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things? ... Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Rom. 8:32 & 34 How blessed we are to have a God who loves us and has sacrificed Himself for us: And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered (sacrificed) himself for me.” Gal. 2: 20

The Glory of the Transfiguration

Pope St. Leo the Great tells us that Jesus’ Transfiguration in glory was given to the three apostles to sustain them during the coming passion and death of Jesus. By the light of glory, the apostles saw in the vision Jesus talking to Moses and Elias about His coming passion and death on the cross. It is a reminder of the glory that will only come to us in heaven only after we have endured our suffering here on earth.. The vision also reminds us of the grace of Jesus that enables us to see how Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Messianic prophecies represented by Moses and Elias respectively. We also see in the vision a theophany or a revelation of God: we see the beloved Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom the Father says, This is my most beloved son; hear ye him. Mk 9:6 And we see the cloud, which represents the Holy Ghost, overshadow Jesus with Moses and Elias.

The Cross and Glory

“and as it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things and be despised.” Mk. 9:10

Jesus must first undergo the sufferings and death of the cross. St. Peter does not understand this and wants to remain on the mountain and build three tabernacles: “And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. ” Mk. 9:4-5 Although Peter did not know what he was saying, it still remains true that he and the apostles can’t remain on the mountain as they too have to endure the cross with Jesus to gain eternal glory. The glory of Jesus’ resurrection and our own resurrection from the dead must come after enduring the cross and the trials of life. We have the proof of God’s love for us and we have the assurance that He will give us all the graces that we need through Jesus Christ who merited for us the remission of our sins and graces for our sanctification by His cross. Jesus has gone before us

carrying His cross; let us pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and ask Him, through Our Lady, for all the graces that we need to save our souls. Let us also pray for eternal salvation of souls especially in our own family:“For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?” Mt. 16: 26

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