Second Sunday of Lent ‘a’
It is good to be here, Peter said. Peter felt good at that mountain when Jesus was transfigured. He wanted to stay there, he felt the presence of the Lord, he heard the voice of God and was able to see Moses and Elijah. We would all like to experience something like that, being able to see with our own eyes the transfigured Jesus and hear the same confirmation from above: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." And some of us seek those extraordinary moments, spiritual movements. We look for heavenly experiences and travel long distances to experience something stupendous that would make us believe more. People visit the places where the Blessed Mary appeared, or visit majestic basilicas around the world, or want to touch the relics of a favorite saint or follow some wonderful and inspiring preacher, just to ‘feel something more’, something extraordinary. Nothing wrong with that. However, all of those things should help us move closer to our mount of transfiguration, the one we miss at times. And we have that transfiguration each time we approach the altar of God when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Christ is there, transfigured. And God gives us the same confirmation: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." We don’t need to look elsewhere; we have Jesus transfigured right in front of our eyes -- it is so good to be here!