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Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 12:1-4
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
Matthew 17:1-9

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"Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them conversing with Him." —Matthew 17:3

It is extremely important that we hear the Lord and converse with Him. The most important conversation we will ever have with the Lord will be on the subject of His death and resurrection. However, this is the most difficult subject of conversation for us.

Jesus' transfiguration was an attempt to help us converse with Him about His death and resurrection. When we see Jesus glorified, we realize "the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us" (Rm 8:18). When we see Jesus conversing with Moses and Elijah (Mt 17:3), we see how our conversation with Jesus is supposed to be. Finally, when we hear the Father command us to listen to Jesus (Mt 17:5), we realize that we'd better listen to Him whether we want to or not.

Never has a conversation ever been so dramatically introduced as the one following the transfiguration. Nevertheless, when Jesus once again tried to engage the apostles in conversation about His passion, death, and resurrection, they broke off the conversation. At Jesus's "words they were overwhelmed with grief" (Mt 17:23). So the transfiguration seemed at first a failure. However, after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the transfiguration took effect (see 2 Pt 1:17-18). Jesus' disciples not only conversed with Him about His death and resurrection; they even lived crucified and risen lives. Then they took up their daily crosses and witnessed for the risen Christ.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I be fully engaged in conversation with You.

Promise:  Jesus "has robbed death of its power and has brought life and immortality into clear light through the gospel." —2 Tm 1:10

Praise:  Jesus is risen! We can live with Him forever! Thank You, Jesus.

Reference:  (For an aid in conversing with the Lord, order our book, Conversion-Conversations.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 8, 2013

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