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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Second Sunday of Lent

Book of Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18, Psalm 116:10, 15-19,

Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 8:31b-34, & Mark 9:2-10

Not long ago, I baptized two beautiful baby girls. It made me realize that from the very moment we are baptized, we are sent into the world like Jesus was driven into the desert after His baptism. During our Lenten journey, we begin our forty-day journey by reliving Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Just as Jesus did, each one of us must struggle against the devil and his temptations. Each one of us has to reject sin and turn to God, just as we profess in our Baptismal promise.

Every year, we begin Lent with Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Every year on the Second Sunday of Lent, we hear the Gospel story of the Transfiguration. Today, we climb the mountain with Jesus and His three disciples, Peter, James, and John. Through them, we become witnesses to His Transfiguration where our Lord gives us a beautiful glimpse of our destiny and our “ultimate destination.” We are shown where our earthly pilgrimage is indeed leading us. For a brief moment, we get to see the “goal” of our Christian lives. The Transfiguration is a sign of Jesus’ resurrection. His Transfiguration is a promise of our resurrection.

Within this amazing depiction, we hear Jesus leading the three disciples to the mountaintop. Before their eyes, His face starts to shine like the sun, and His clothing becomes incredibly white. Then Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus.

Moses, of course, is the great lawgiver, and Elijah is the great prophet. They, too, had the experience of going up on a mountain and having a glorious encounter with God. They are there to show the disciples, and us, that Jesus is the Messiah, the fulfillment of God’s promise.

As we look deeper into Mark’s Gospel narrative, we realize that the Transfiguration reveals the mystery of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit comes in the form of a cloud and overshadows the mountain. From the cloud, God the Father speaks, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.”

My sisters and brothers, these are great words of hope and encouragement for us. God, our Father, has given us His own beloved Son; to be with us, teach us, and intercede for us. Isn’t it wonderful how much God loves us?

At the end of the Transfiguration, the disciples found themselves looking around, and “they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.” Jesus is alone with us as well. He is all we need. Jesus is with us when we are afraid and when we are suffering. He is with us when we cannot feel God’s presence or lack of love in our lives. He is especially with us when we are having trouble finding purpose in our lives.

During this Lenten season, we take up our crosses and follow Jesus more closely.

Question of the Day: Will you climb the mountain with Jesus and listen to Him?

Prayer: Lord God, may Mary, our Blessed Mother of Your beloved Son, help us listen to His Holy Word and to follow His example so that the light of His Holy presence may transfigure our own lives. Amen.


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