Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year A
Theme: The Divine Experience
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday March 8 2020
(Mt. 17:1-9) The Second Sunday of Lent
In today’s Gospel Jesus brought His apostles up the mountain and transfigured before His apostles Peter, James, and John. This significant event happened just after Jesus told His apostles about His fate. You can just imagine the boost this had given to the apostles. What Jesus did was to give the apostles a foretaste of what is to come and a peep and experience of His divinity. The experience must have been very exhilarating and magical that they proposed to just stay there and build tents for Him, and Moses, and Elijah. They suddenly forgot their families, land,livelihood, and fellow apostles. But Jesus will not be stopped from His mission even with death lurking. He commanded His apostles to rise and not be afraid to the things to come. He even told them to make secret the vision.
I am sure we have had frustrating faith experiences; failure of business, losing or not finding a job, acquiring serious illnesses, divisions in a family, unforgiveness, unanswered prayers, bashing of our faith, etc. These give us low moments and weaken our faith greatly. But we also have faith experiences which will lift us up. I knew some who claimed to have recovered and even inspired after going to confession, praying at the adoration chapel, celebrating the Holy Eucharist, attending Holy Hours, celebrating Easter Vigils and Christmas days, etc. But after the high, we go back to life’s realities. We face the challenges, questions, issues, etc. In the same way that Jesus focused on His mission, we also must focus on our God-given ones.
An experience of the divine is very important. It is not only for the holy. It is for everyone if we only know how to recognize it. Of course, it requires the proper disposition. How many had attended mass and were awed by the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine made into the body and blood of Jesus? How many had been elated by the blessing from the Body of Christ in the monstrance or even the mere reception of communion? And were you one of those who experienced God’s wonderful presence after receiving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Ordinations, matrimonies, anointing of the sick, first communion, and other sacraments are guaranteed experiences of the divine. Fact is, there are some who do and some who do not. Faith is necessary. Openness to God’s revelations is good.
The Church had placed this Gospel in the second week of Lent in order to inspire Christians who are serious in their practice of prayer, sacrifice, and good works in order to pursue the quest to go back to God. Lent is not a walk in the park. Lent is a time of struggle against an equally active devil. Lent leads us to the final and perfect transfiguration that is the resurrection. It is in this sense that the Easter Vigil is the greatest of all our celebrations. It is in Easter when we experience the joy of Jesus and the reality of the resurrection. Jesus was victorious over evil and death. This is our faith and it is our reason to believe and live this faith. We bring these thoughts while we go through Lent. These truths power our journey with Jesus in His passion and death.