Second Sunday of Lent is a reminder of what humanity is living for, says California priest

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“Then a cloud came and cast a shadow over them. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son. Hear!'” (Mark 9:7).

This passage, read during the second Sunday of Lent, is from the Gospel of Mark, one of the three Synoptic Gospels, and is part of the story of the event known as the Transfiguration. The Gospel of Mark is attributed to St. Mark the Evangelist and is thought to be the first Gospel written.

“Although St. Mark was not a direct disciple of Jesus, he was the author of one of the four Gospels and played an important role in the Gospels. spread the gospel as missionaries of the early church,” according to the website of the National Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

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The second Sunday of Lent means one-third of the liturgical period leading up to Easter is over, Fr. Ambrose Christe of O.Praem. told FOX News Digital.

Christe, a Norbelian priest, lives at St. Michael’s Monastery in Orange County, California. He is from Denver, Colorado.

Father Ambrose Christe, a Norbelian priest in California, reflects on what the story of Jesus’ transfiguration means for Christians during Lent. (iStock/St. Michael’s Monastery)

In the story of the Transfiguration, Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of Mount Tabor.

“There, in front of the Old Testament figures Moses and Elijah, Christ revealed the glory of divinity shining through his divine humanity,” Christe said.

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“According to all ancient and modern theologians who interpret the Bible, Moses represents the ancient Jewish law and Elijah represents the spirit of prophecy,” he said.

Through the Transfiguration, Jesus “could show how he was the fulfillment of the old covenant law and the prophets by revealing the glory of his divinity as the second person of the most holy trinity.” he said.

The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor near the northern Israeli city of Nazareth on May 5, 2009. Reuters/Buzz Ratner (Israeli Religion) - RTXER7U

The Church of the Transfiguration, where the story of Mark’s Gospel is believed to have taken place. (Reuters/Buzz Ratner)

Christe said the story of the Transfiguration is read in Catholic churches around the world on the second Sunday of Lent, helping “Christians look forward to Easter, which is still four weeks away.” That’s what it means.

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“Jesus prepared his friends Peter, James, and John to witness his passion and death by showing them a foretaste of his transfigured glory, the glory of his resurrected body. He explained that he wants to encourage them.

church showing transformation

The Transfiguration included Jesus showing his friends “the expectation of the glory of the resurrected body.” (St. Petersburg)

In the Transfiguration, Jesus shows how he will become “bright and glorious” after death, but first he must endure death on the cross.

“He will show them the deepest truths about himself and his divinity, and they will be strengthened to endure passion with him,” Christe said.

“Let us ask God to make us worthy of heaven.”

The second Sunday of Lent “reminds believers that insight with grace is needed to see through the common deceptions of this world: money, power, and pleasure.”

Christe said Lent is “an opportunity to develop that insight every year.”


“Our Lord wants us to remember that there is no permanent home on earth. Whatever it is: pursuits, other people’s opinions, attachment to sin, worldly pleasures, we must let the Lord remove them all so that He can make us worthy of heaven. ” he said.

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After all, “Why are we on Earth? To get to heaven,” Christe said.

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