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Second Sunday of Lent

March 20, 2011

TRANSFORMED BUT NOT LOST

The transfiguration depicts who Christ really is.  On Mount Tabor, the Apostles (and us through their description) have their beliefs confirmed – Jesus is not just a great teacher – he is the messiah.

But what we often forget is that the Messiah is also still Jesus; they are one in the same.   And herein lies the lesson for us.

Much like Jesus, we children of God – created and loved by God, but we are also sinful, covered by a skin of control, power, greed and lust.  But we are challenged to shed that skin so that we may be seen who we are, and who we have always been:  the image and likeness God.

We are to be like the seed that becomes a flower or the tadpole that becomes a frog or the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly.

For our change comes from within.  The old does not get lost, but it is transformed and transfigured, just like the person of Jesus.

This is why I say so very often that we must never forget that ultimately Christianity is not simply about what you believe or how you act – but how you are transformed.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent: (Genesis 12:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9)

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