Today’s Gospel reading is Mark’s version of the Transfiguration. This is when Jesus takes Peter, James and John up to the top of the mountain (the very same mountain that we read about in the first reading) and reveals His heavenly glory. Moses and Elijah appear with him. And a voice comes from a cloud that says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Why does the Church give us the story of the Transfiguration during Lent? Because Lent is all about transfiguration; all about change. Think about it. For a brief moment, Jesus “became” what He would “become.” Now, we know that He is, was and always will be the eternal Son of God. But his disciples caught a glimpse of what He would “become.” He appeared in His heavenly glory.
This is the purpose of Lent. Through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, perhaps we can get a glimpse of what we will become. And, hopefully, this will further our process of becoming…becoming the people that God wants us to be. Becoming better disciples, better husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, children and parents. Because I’m sure that, in God’s eyes, “becoming” is very becoming on us!
Father, teach us, through our Lenten practices, to be transfigured; to further become that which you wish us to become. Amen.