Reflection on Readings of the Second Sunday of Lent (March 20, 2011) | James Pat Guerréro
[The writer wants to reflect on Holy Scripture during the Lenten season to help that special group of people who suffer from and fight the many serious forms of depression. Whenever the writer refers to man, he means men and women of human kind, no other.]
Genesis 12: 1-4a. [RSV-CE]
God speaks to man. He tells man to go from what he knows (his family and his world) to a new spiritual place that he will show him. God promises to make of man a “great nation,” the spiritual nation. In this spiritual nation, God fully gives Himself to man, and man loves Him. No one can break that God-man loving relationship, and, only families, especially, enter that relationship. Man leaps with faith and love towards God’s great, spiritual, interlocking, kindness and mercy.
2 Timothy 1: 8b-10. [RSV-CE]
Man has difficulty in seeing God’s love for himself from all eternity; and, even made visible through Christ Jesus’ death on the cross, this kind of love for God requires suffering that for man is a difficult step to take. But the good news of God’s love is that love is power that comes only from God. It was God from all eternity who loved, loves, and will love man for Him alone. Man leaps for life and immortality when he loves God.
Matthew 17: 1-9. [RSV-CE]
Christ Jesus takes the men, Peter, James, and John to the top of a high mountain. There, God transfigures Jesus all the way back in time through Scripture. Jesus’ face is shown as the sun, and his garments became white as light. Jesus is God Himself. As in the ages past, there appears Moses and Eli ‘jah talking with Jesus. By the vision Peter is moved to join the group, when a bright cloud overshadows the men. God’s voice out of the cloud speaks to the men. “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” In awe, the men fell to their faces. Jesus had touched their hearts, and he said, “Rise and have no fear.” The men rose and saw only Jesus. Jesus commands the men as they come down the mountain that they must endure themselves the vision until His Suffering and Resurrection. Jesus goes beyond man’s understanding, directly to his heart, for His love for man.