Second Sunday Of Lent, March 4, 2007

Genesis 15: 5-18

Philippians 3: 17 - 4: 1

Luke 9: 28-36

Life Stronger than Death

In the story of the Transfiguration, Luke notes (a remark special to him) "they were speaking about his departure [exodus] that would take place in Jerusalem. (9:31) The expression 'exodus' announces the beginning of the journey to Jerusalem, but uses also the foundational text and typology of the flight from Egypt, the crossing though the Sea and through death towards liberty and the Promised Land. Jesus takes all that Israel lived to his own account, placing himself in the ongoing history of salvation and giving it a new, unheard of dimension. For the one who is departing for Jerusalem to go through death is already with God, in glory.

The prayer on the Mount of the Transfiguration, which is Jesus preparation for his exodus, escapes the Apostles. They see nothing because they are asleep. Yet, they were witnesses of the Resurrection of a young boy by Jesus (7: 14-15) and of a little girl (8, 49-56). In bringing them back from the dead, Jesus anticipated his own end and the surprising follow-up, his Resurrection. He deprives death and what death enjoys everywhere in the world -- the last word. But sleep keeps the Apostles from realizing that these resurrections from the dead, the signs that Jesus accomplished, could contain a message that would help them to accept the inevitable death of Jesus on the cross. Sleep is the image or forerunner of death

Let us ask ourselves if our heart is vigilant and attentive to the signs of life and hope that daily life brings. The voice from Heaven that is heard identifies Jesus. It invites us to listen and be open to Jesus teaching. What teaching do we need to receive if not the one that Jesus gives concerning his Passion and Resurrection? Do we believe in life stronger than death ?

– Sr. Sophie Ramond, R.A.