Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
March 17 - Second Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration
First Reading Genesis 15:5-12,17-18
God makes a covenant with Abraham, promising him many descendants.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 27:1,7-8,8-9,13-14
A prayer to God who is our salvation
Second Reading Philippians 3:17-4:1
Paul encourages the Philippians to remain firm in their faith that Christ will subject all things to himself.
For the apostles the transfiguration was an awe-inspiring experience. They had never seen their master like this before. Peter, filled with consolation says,“Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us erect three booths here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” On Mount Tabor they didn't want to leave. In the Garden of Gethsemane they didn't want to stay. When Jesus was arrested they all fled. But it is not to be. The transfiguration is only a preparation for things to come. With Jesus they must descend the mountain to the valley below and on to the garden of Gethsemane and Calvary.
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