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Embracing the Transfiguration

Dear All Saints Parish Family,

As we continue our journey through the sacred season of Lent, we are invited to reflect this weekend on the transformative power of the Transfiguration of Jesus. This remarkable event, recounted in this Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mark 9:2-10), offers us profound insights into our 40 days of conversion.

What can the 4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary teach us about our own journey of faith during this Lenten season?

Firstly, the Transfiguration reminds us of the importance of prayer and intimacy with God. Jesus withdrew to the mountain to pray, and it was in this moment of communion with the Father that his divine glory was revealed. Likewise, Lent is a time for us to deepen our prayer lives, to carve out moments of silence and solitude where we can encounter God and experience moments of spiritual transfiguration.

Secondly, the Transfiguration challenges us to embrace the mystery of Jesus’ identity as both human and divine. In his transfigured state, Jesus bridges the gap between heaven and earth, showing us that the divine dwells among us. This Lent, let us open our hearts to the mystery of Christ’s presence in our lives, allowing his light to illuminate our path and transform our hearts.

Finally, the Transfiguration points us toward the ultimate destination of our Lenten journey: the glory of the Resurrection. Just as Jesus’ transfiguration foreshadowed his triumph over death, so too does our Lenten observance prepare us to celebrate the joy of Easter. Let us approach this season with hope and anticipation, knowing that through our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, we are being transformed into the image of Christ.

As we reflect on the Transfiguration this Sunday, may it inspire us to embrace the Lenten journey with renewed zeal and fervor. Let us climb the mountain of prayer, trusting that in the silence of our hearts, we will encounter the radiant presence of the transfigured Christ.

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
All you holy saints of God, pray for us!

Peace in Christ,
Fr. Michael