(AsiaNews) - In the mystery of the Transfiguration, Jesus "reveals his divine
glory, [which is] the splendour of Truth and Love. He wants this light to
illuminate the hearts of the apostles "when they cross the pitch darkness of
his passion and death, when the scandal of the cross will be for them
unbearable. God is light and Jesus wants to give his closest friends the
experience of this light, which lies in him". All of us "need an inner light to
overcome the trials of life. This light comes from God, and it is Christ who gives
it to us."
discussed the "light" of the Transfiguration, discussed in today's Gospel, before
a crowd of 20,000 people who came to St Peter's Square for the Angelus.
the second of Lent, is the Sunday of the Transfiguration of Christ," the
Pontiff said. "In fact, in the Lent itinerary, the liturgy, after inviting us
to follow Jesus in the desert and face and win with temptations, suggests we go
up the 'mountain' of prayer with Him to contemplate on his human face the
glorious light of God."
"The episode of
the transfiguration of Christ is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and
Luke. It has two essential elements. First, Jesus goes to the top of a high
mountain with the disciples Peter, James and John, where he 'was transfigured
before them' (Mk, 9:2). His face and
clothes irradiate a dazzling life, whilst Moses and Elijah appear by his side. Second,
a cloud enveloped the mountaintop and, from it, came a voice that said, 'This is
my beloved Son. Listen to him!' (Mk, 9:7). Thus [came] light and voice, the
divine light that shines on Jesus' face, and the voice of the Celestial Father that
bears witness for Him and gives the command to listen to him."
"The mystery of
the Transfiguration cannot be separated from the context of the path that Jesus
is following. He is clearly on his way to completing his mission, knowing that
to achieve resurrection, he will have to go through the passion and the death
on the cross. He openly spoke about it to the disciples who did not understand however;
in fact, they rejected this prospect because they were not thinking as God does,
but as human beings do (see Mt, 16:23).
For this reason, Jesus took three of them up the mountain and revealed his
"All of us need
an inner light to overcome the trails of life. This light comes from God, and
it is Christ who gives it to us, He in whom lives the fullness of the divinity.
Let us go up the mountain of prayer with Jesus; contemplating his face full of love
and truth, let us be filled within by his light. Let us ask the Virgin Mary,
our guide on the path of faith, to help us live this experience during Lent,
finding a moment each day to say a silent prayer and listen to the Word of God."
before meeting the faithful for the recitation of the Marian prayer in St Peter's
Square, the pope conducted a pastoral visit to the Roman parish of San Giovanni
Battista de La Salle in Torrino, in the southern part of the Diocese of Rome.
by the members of the parish, Benedict XVI during the celebration of the Mass got
an idea from the church's location. "Coming among you today, I noticed the
particular position of this church, placed on the highest point of your
neighbourhood, its slender bell tower, almost a finger or arrow towards the
sky," he said.
"To me, this is
an important cue. Like the three apostles in the Gospel, we too must go up the
mountain of transfiguration and receive God's light, so that his Face may
illuminate ours. It's in personal and communal prayer that we find the Lord,
not as an idea, but as a moral proposal, like a person that wants to establish
a relationship with you, who wants to be a friend and renew your life to make
it like his."
"This meeting is
not something personal. Placed on the highest spot in the neighbourhood, your
church reminds you that the Gospel must be communicated and announced to
everyone. Wait not for others to bring you different messages that do not lead
to the real life; instead, become yourselves missionaries of Christ to your brothers
wherever they live, work, study or spend their leisure time!"