A Glimpse of His Divinity

Second Sunday of Lent
Reading I:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm: Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Reading II: Romans 8:31b-34
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem to suffer and die. He knows that the apostles’ faith will be brought to its breaking point. What would sustain them, so that they do not break? First, Jesus showed them his godhead in the transfiguration. He allowed them to see a glimpse of His divinity. He allowed them to see His divinity, “as he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.”
Secondly, he also showed them that the whole Scripture, represented by Moses and Elijah, was backing him up. “Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.” In effect, Jesus was sending a clear signal to his disciples that they should hold on to what they experience in the transfiguration event, so that they do not fall apart. The overwhelming experience of the disciples was endorsed by no less than the Father of Jesus Himself, “This is my beloved Son.” As the Father, he will never abandon his son even in death.
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