Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization

"Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization"

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Second Sunday of Lent: The Power of Christ Transfigures Us

Jesus is transfigured and reveals His glory before chosen witnesses. Moses and Elijah together represent the law and the prophets of the Old Covenant. Peter James and John are the leaders of the New Covenant Church. Christ reveals to His disciples the fullness of His divinity showing them that He is truly God.  Christ not only has the power to transfigure himself but he possesses also the power to transform to change and to transfigure us. St. Paul tells us that he will change our mortal bodies to be like his own glorified body after the final judgment when Christ appears to renew all things in himself the end of time all those welcomed by Christ into eternal life will possess a glorified body. The glorified Christ shines radiant and after the resurrection passes through walls and locked doors. So we too if we are faithful to Christ will be given eternal life and share in the glory of the Lord. But the change that Christ has the power to affect for us will not only take place in some future event. He has the power to change us now. If we are subject to Christ he can change our loneliness into greatness our souls darkened by sin into dazzling white. For our part we surrender to Christ and in so doing we allow him to transform our mind will heart and soul to conform to His own mind and will and heart and soul. When we are subject to Christ we experience His grace conforming us to Himself. Through the nourishment He provides in the Holy Eucharist, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and ministry of the Church, Jesus Christ changes our sinful humanity and leads us to a share in his divinity. We are rightly afraid of the consequences of our sins: the pains of hell, the loss of heaven. In our fear we remember that Christ is our light and our salvation and so we need not be afraid. We need only to surrender to the Lord, allow Him to work in us, to conform us to Himself, that we might inherit eternal life. Christ Jesus make us like yourself that we may worthily obtain our true citizenship in heaven and be witnesses to your splendor to the farthest corners of the world.

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