A Message from Paul Burzynski
Have you ever had a life altering experience? A car accident? A fire? Maybe consider something less intense; the birth of a child? Buying your first home?
All of these experiences, without question, would change your life. One drives more cautiously after an accident, and surely, life is never the same after the birth of a child—all life altering experiences. We all have them. Most of them are completely unexpected.
When Peter, James and John, journey up Mt. Tabor with Christ, that experience would change them forever. Imagine being in their place when suddenly, you see Moses, Elijah, and your friend (Jesus) transformed before your eyes, and you don’t understand it. How can you not be changed by that!
I’ve always wondered why this gospel reading is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Lent. It certainly is an intriguing and exciting story, but why the transfiguration account every year?
Maybe our personal Lenten challenges have made us grow weary already. For some, maybe not. Perhaps the reason why the Church gives us this reading today is to help and encourage us in our journey up our own Lenten Mt. Tabor; to remind us early on, that through our self-discipline, our prayer, our fasting, and our alms-giving, we too can become transformed.
Let us pray that through the Pillars of Lent, we might seek Christ, know Christ, and become Christ, that at the end of our journey, we too might hear the words, “This is my beloved.”
Paul Burzynski is the Director of Music & Liturgy for St. Dominic Catholic Parish