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MESSAGE FROM FR KIERAN – Sunday 8th March

Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the top of Mount Tabor in the presence of the apostles, Peter, James and John is the Gospel reading on this 2nd Sunday of Lent.

The Transfiguration of Jesus is a special moment of revelation for the three apostles. For a few brief minutes they are privileged to see Jesus revealed in all his heavenly glory. They fail however at that time to understand the significance of what they are witnessing. It is only later, in the aftermath of the death and resurrection of Jesus, that it becomes clear to them what they they had seen on the mountain top.

Jesus knew, as he made his way towards Jerusalem, that dark and difficult days lay ahead for the apostles. They would be filled with fear and doubt in the days following his crucifixion. The Transfiguration is a sign of re-assurance that Jesus would rise from the dead as he said he would. The Transfiguration is intended to inspire hope. It was a glimpse of what was to come. Peter makes reference to the Transfiguration in one of his letters, clearly seeing with hindsight the importance of this event which confirms the message of salvation in Jesus he was then proclaiming to people everywhere.

In these Lenten days we place our hope in the promise of Christ, that through his cross and resurrection we have eternal life. We resolve then to be ever more closely united to him in this life until he calls us home to share the fullness of life with him in heaven.

Fr. Kieran Coghlan

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