Transformation: 2nd Sunday of Lent

By Vicki Vicars, Mission, Equity & Resilience Dir.

On this second Sunday of Lent, we listen to the familiar story of the Transfiguration. 

Jesus takes Peter, James and John to the mountain top, where he is transformed and  “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.”  Can you begin to imagine their surprise and excitement to see their friend and rabbi in this new way?  To see his full glory and divinity, the full capacity of His Being? 

God gently reminds them, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.”  When I reflect on this gospel story in light of the work of Ursuline Sisters Mission, I cannot help but think of the value of “Fullness of Life for all.” 

How does our work help bring about the transformation of not only the other, but ourselves?  Do we see the dignity of each person we work with, do we see their full potential?  Are we ready to accompany others  “to the mountain top” and experience their full capacity?  Do we allow ourselves to see the fullness of life in every person that we encounter? Do we see the people we encounter as beloved Children of God? 

As far as ourselves, may this Lenten season be a prayerful opportunity to recognize God fully present in our lives, may we come to know ourselves as God’s beloved children.