On Sunday, we went up the mountain of Transfiguration. On that mountain, we caught glimpse of who Jesus is and who we can be. We are reflections of the Divine Light of God’s glory. Jesus showed the apostles who he was as they approached Jerusalem where he would suffer and die. They needed to know who Jesus was so they could be sustained in the days to come. I think that they also needed to reminded of who they were. The troubled times that were awaiting them in Jerusalem would be the most difficult times they would face. Jesus gave them something to hold onto in those dark days.
We need to be reminded during Lent who we are. In the struggles of our life, we can get so self focused that we miss who we really are: we are reflections of the Divine Light of God. In the darkest night, in the darkest time of life, we are called to shine forth. A spark in the darkness is a bright as brightest light in day time. So many people struggle in darkness every day. When I reflect on the recent events in Florida, the passion of the young people who are speaking out is a bright light shining in our world. Their light shines in a world that seems to have more concerned about the status quo than making the changes to make our society a better place. These young men and women are the lights shining in the darkness of political rhetoric and inactivity.
As we enter the Second Week of Lent, may the Light of Jesus give us the sight to see in the darkness of the world, the glimmer and spark of hope. May the transfiguring light of Christ change this world into the world God dreams it to be: the Kingdom of Heaven.