March 17, 2019
(2nd Sunday of Lent, C)
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Lk_9:28b-36
. . . The new exodus, the new Covenant with Everyone!
On the mountain top, out of a burning bush, the LORD said to Moses: I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. . . . Now, go! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. Ex_3:7-10
. . . The Exodus, the old Covenant with the Israelites.
God offers the Law!
Elijah got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb. There he came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him: Why are you here, Elijah? He answered: “I have been most zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts, but the Israelites have forsaken your covenant. They have destroyed your altars and murdered your prophets by the sword. I alone remain, and they seek to take my life.”
Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but the LORD was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. 1_Ki_19:8-13
. . . God’s calling of Elijah to prophesy to Israel.
In this Transfiguration of Jesus we see the fulfillment of both the Law and the Prophets, as Jesus offers the world a new covenant. A covenant sealed in His own flesh and blood. A covenant of freedom for all who believe. No longer slaves to sin, we, beloved, are the recipients of that Covenant of God’s love.
And if you’re struggling with any aspect of your faith, beloved, try climbing that mountain. God is waiting for you there!
And, P.S. Happy – Lenten, St. Patrick’s Day!
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