Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year A)
The account of our Lord’s transfiguration occurred in the 17th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, well into Jesus’ public ministry and close to his turn towards Jerusalem and his Passion and death. The disciples – Peter, James and John – had by then been with him for several years. They had witnessed some extraordinary signs and wonders in that time: miraculous healings; acts that defied the laws of nature; teachings of deep hope; moments of revelatory grace. Jesus had invited these disciples into the heart of his own life and mission, and they had walked with him as friends. As remarkable as the Transfiguration of Jesus must have been, we should not think of it as something so fantastical and unbelievable that the disciples would have been anything other than deeply shocked and disturbed by the sight.