REFLECTION FOR March 13, 2022
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
WHERE IS THE LIGHT
“As the sun was about to set, a deep sleep fell upon Abram and a deep terrifying darkness enveloped him.”Genesis 15:12.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”Psalm 27
“While he was praying, his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.”Luke 9:29.
“Our citizenship is in heaven.”Philippians 3:20.
On the second Sunday of Lent, there is a unifying theme of darkness and light in the readings, culminating in Luke’s gospel account of the Transfiguration. Transfiguration is defined as a complete change of form and appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. This is what we are called to do as Christians. To follow our Lord, Jesus Christ, and be transformed in and through Him. He calls us to the light.
I, and I am sure many of you have had the experience of Abram. Waking up in the middle of the night (darkness), feeling dread, anxiety, and racing thoughts. Notice Abram has this experience before he was renamed “Abraham,” and entered into a covenant with God. Abram moved from the darkness to the light when he accepted God’s plan for salvation. This was after much testing, prayer and trust. This image of light is also reflected in Psalm 27, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
Jesus entered into the Transfiguration through pray, trust, and doing the will of His Father. He invites us to do the same and come into the light of the Resurrection. This is how we will become “citizens of heaven” as St. Paul describes in the second reading. This Lenten journey helps us prepare for the light of the resurrection and eternal life. We are an Easter people.
This Lent continue on the journey and move toward the light, and when darkness comes, and it will – pray. Prayer, almsgiving, and fasting opens us up to the light of grace to transform and become one in Christ.