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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 2nd (A) of Lent

Gospel text (Mt 17,1-9): Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. Jesus' appearance was changed before them (…). A bright cloud covered them in its shadow, and a voice from the cloud said, «This is my Son, the Beloved, my Chosen One. Listen to him» (…). Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had just seen, until the Son of Man be raised from the dead.

The Transfiguration is not a change in Jesus but the revelation of his divinity

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, beside the transfigured Jesus, there appear Moses and Elijah, figures of the Law and of the Prophets. Peter, ecstatic, exclaimed “I will make three booths here (…)”. However, we have only one dwelling place, Christ: He is the Word of God, the Word of God in the Law, the Word of God in the Prophets.

The Father himself proclaims: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him”. The Transfiguration is not a change in Jesus but the revelation of his divinity: the profound interpenetration of his being with God, which then becomes pure light. In his oneness with the Father, Jesus is himself ‘light from light’. Peter, James and John, contemplating the divinity of the Lord, are ready to face the scandal of the Cross.

—Jesus, You were transfigured on the mountain and your disciples, insofar as they were able, contemplated your glory, in order that, on seeing you crucified, they would understand that your Passion was voluntary and proclaim to the world that you are truly the splendour of the Father.