Sunday, February 21, 2016

2nd Sunday of Lent, C

Be transformed in Christ

Luke 9:28-36

As we remember Jesus' transfiguration this day, let's also encounter this transfiguration in the Eucharist and in our daily lives.

There are three moments when these elements are transformed: the bread and wine, transubstantiated into the body and blood of Christ, the priest and the congregation when they receive Holy Communion to become the Body of Christ, and when the Mass is ended and we are all called to transform our homes, workplaces, and the whole world into the Body of Christ.

This entails a solemn offering of ourselves like Abram in the first reading when God promised that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and that a land would be given him.  He offered heifer, goat, ram, and turtledoves and God accepted them.

Our transformation cannot be possible unless we allow ourselves to be transformed.  Transformation cannot be possible unless we finally offer not the offerings of Abram, but our deepest selves, including our dreams and longings, to the Lord God Almighty.  Transformation cannot be possible unless we wholeheartedly offer what is closest to us - our families and our children.  And transformation cannot be possible unless we align our lives to Christ, be Christ-like, and offer our lives for others like Christ did on the cross.

Only then can we see the transformation of the whole world according to the very heart of Jesus.

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