2nd Sunday of Lent
Our first reading from the Book of Genesis tells us about Abram as well as the plan of God. Abram is directed to pull up stakes and move to another place. Promises of blessing are made to him: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you; I will make your name great; I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who curse you.” Abram’s family has been chosen by God, and God will protect this chosen family.
This directive from God to move requires profound faith on Abram’s part. He is being asked to sever his fundamental ties that determined his identity (his past), his place in society (his present), and his inheritance (his future). Abram went as the Lord directed.
The Gospel story is of Transfiguration. Most scholars today believe that it is not a vision of the future glorification of Jesus but an insight into his identity during his public life. The transformation would be a change that took place when Jesus’ inner reality shone forth and transfigured his outer appearance. Whatever the case, God both identifies Jesus as Son and gives authority to his teaching. The transfiguration was a unique event in salvation history, but smaller transfigurations happen all the time. Look for the break in the clouds in our everyday life experiences. When we respond to difficult situations, a transformation takes place. Do we recognize the Lord as we go through our daily routines? He is not only on the mountaintop, but right here on our streets and in our homes. See how often you recognize Him this week!