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2nd Sunday of Lent, B

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The second Sunday of the Lent presents the event of Transfiguration of the Lord on the mountain Tabor at the presence of the three chosen disciples. Jesus took them to prepare them for the close occurrence of his martyrdom on the cross so that they could not be scandalized by it and they could read it in a salvific perspective. The whole narrative is with the background of the first reading which speaks about an obedient sacrifice of Abraham to God from his only son Isaac. This sacrifice reminds us of the victim of Jesus Christ. While the first victim, Isaac was spared and replaced for the ram caught in the thicket, the second one, the Son of God was offered on the cross for our salvation. This way Jesus Christ became for us a sacrificial lamb received by God. What united these two stories is a fulfilment of the will of God for the goodness of the people. The spared son Isaac is a figure of the offering of Jesus Christ who will become the Lamb of God who will forgive our sins. This is what the second reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians speaks about. In exchange for confidence of Abraham who was able to sacrifice his only future and hope, God promised him multiple descendants and blessings realized in a perfect way in Jesus Christ’ offering. This offering guarantees to the whole humanity, a new earth and a new heaven which means, a condition to be with God forever. There is not a casual choice of the three disciples: as James, John, and Peter are the pillars of a new community of believers and close friends of Jesus. Being those pillars of the future Church they are simultaneously witnesses of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the heirs of the action of God toward his people in the Old Testament, which the presence of Elijah (focused on himself all the prophesies) and Moses (gathering on himself whole the Law of God) symbolized. The Church then is the heir of divine interventions in the history of humanity where the culmination is the offering of Jesus Christ on the cross which brings us salvation.