Genesis 12: 1-42 – Timothy 1: 8b-10 – Matthew 17: 1-9
Perhaps a good way for us, as Church, to understand the Season of Lent is to regard it as a pause from the normal busyness of our daily routines in order to reflect on the effort God makes to be reconciled with us who have wandered from our relationship with God. It is an effort to restore us to the dignity that is ours as creatures of God.
Thus, we first heard about Abraham today. We heard of his call and the covenant or agreement made with him by God. In this way God begins this process of reconciliation by first establishing a chosen people. They are to be the ones who will, as a people, have a special relationship with God. By their life and by their worship they will show God’s creative plan to the world. What this Chosen People, starting with Abraham, were to do then, we are to do now, in our time, in our world, in our lives.
In writing to his disciple and friend, Timothy, St. Paul elaborates on how we are to do this. Simply stated: we are to be holy. We are called to a peaceful wholeness in living that truly values God, all others and ourselves. Everything that is part of daily living is a part of this call. We are to be holy in our relationship with God. This is the reason why we are her and have what we have. We are to be holy in whatever circumstance we live. This we do by making use of the talents and capabilities we have. We are to be holy in recognizing how God is revealed to us, and how we reveal God to the world. We are called to live a holy life, a God-filled life, here and now.
It is in this context that we heard of an unusual event taking place during the ministry of Jesus. Certainly it was a significant even in the life of the Apostles as well in the life of the early Church The most apparent reason explaining this event is the support and confidence it gave to the followers of Jesus as they faced the passion and suffering of Jesus. The early Church could also recall this event in the midst of the persecution and rejection it experienced.
The dynamics of the event of the Transfiguration suggest some considerations. Peter wanted to seize the moment and hold on to it. Jesus was seen in a glorious way that was truly up lifting. Setting up tents was suggested so that they could stay and not face the reality of preaching, teaching and being rejected. But the moments of this glorious event quickly came to an end.
The call to holiness does not take place away from the real world. The call to holiness happens in the sometimes harsh reality of the day-to-day world – the world where money, possessions, power are more important than people. It happens in the world where sin and the rejection of God is seemingly a lot easier than living out God’s command of love. The call to holiness is not on some mountain in radian beauty, but down here in the reality of work, home and neighborhood. The call to holiness is involved in the pain, the suffering, the misunderstanding that are part of the human experience, that are a part of our lives.
It is in the holiness to which we are called as God’s chosen people today and that we are to live from day-to day in this world that we reveal and reflect our good & gracious God.