Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Reflections for February 24, Second Sunday of Lent: Luke 9:28b-36

Gospel:
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
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My Reflections:
Why did Jesus brought along to the mountain of transfiguration Peter, John and James when He could easily go there by Himself? It was for them to see what awaits them after their life in this fleeting world is over. It was also to inspire them to continue to be faithful to their mission and not to give-up no matter how heavy the cross that they will be carrying. 

This is possibly the reason why John, Peter and James remained faithful to Jesus until the very end of their lives. They did not betray Jesus for anything of this world. They were all focused with the prize that awaits them in heaven. Perhaps when they were tempted to give-up they asked Jesus to strengthen them. And when they were in the throes of hardship and persecution they asked Jesus for help also.

As faithful followers of Christ we must expect persecutions, temptations and hardships. But let us not allow these crosses to dissuade us from our aspiration to become true followers of Jesus. Let us continue to be faithful to Him, continue to stand for Him and continue to spread His teachings by practicing and sharing it.

Jesus did not promise us a rose garden or a life of ease and comfort. Instead He tells us that we must always be ready to take-up our own cross for His mission’s sake. For the reason that it’s only thru this cross that we will be enlightened about the true meaning of life.

The cross of Christ is the cross of enlightened life, the cross of Christ is the cross that will bring us to our salvation with the transfigured Christ. … 

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