Today’s Gospel account – the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor – has long been read in the Church’s liturgy at the beginning of Lent because of an early tradition which held that this event happened forty days before the Lord’s death on the cross on Good Friday. It is a remarkable event for several reasons. The vision of Moses and Elijah with the Lord indicates that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that the Law and the Prophets taught. Present are the same three Apostles who were present at our Lord’s Agony in the Garden (Peter, James, and John). And the glimpse of the Lord’s Glory – His divinity breaking through His humanity – was meant to strengthen the faith of those three Apostles, who in turn were to strengthen the faith of their brothers.
Lent is a “Season of Grace”, a built-in spiritual retreat time. We are fortunate to have so many opportunities for spiritual growth in our parish and around the deanery. I encourage you to refer to the Lenten Calendar mailed to all parishioners before Ash Wednesday (extra copies are available in the Holy Family Cenacle). In particular I recommend attending the Stations of the Cross (Wednesdays at 6:30pm), the Sorrowful Mother Novena (Fridays at 5:00pm), and the Holy Hour of Adoration with Vespers each Sunday from 4-5pm. And we have an expanded schedule for the Sacrament of Penance during Lent so that many more people might have the chance to receive the Graces of this Sacrament. Finally, I hope you can attend my presentations on the Mass on the first 4 Tuesdays of March at 6:30pm in the SSPP school building. Make good use of Lent!
May God bless you!