2nd Sunday in Lent
THE BODY OF HIS GLORY
By Lucinda M. Vardey
As we contemplate scripture through the liturgical year many biblical characters are brought to life in their circumstances, their actions and experiences of God. They, like us, all have a part in the story of God’s redemption. It is a story which rises and falls through darkness and light, despair and hope, pain and joy.
Abram’s part is as a father, not only to the descendants of Israel but eventually to Chris-tians and Muslims. Jesus’ part is as a son, anointed to carry out God’s work of salvation. The disciples’ part is to honour the former people God chose (as Peter, James and John did with Moses and Elijah on the summit of Mount Tabor) and be en-lightened by the pure beauty and majesty of Jesus’ spirit.
The transfiguration gives us the culminating evidence of everything that Jesus said and did on Earth. It was, if you like, the proof of his divinity as well as his Abramic legacy. God’s promise of the size of Abram’s descendants seemed immeasurable at the time, but Jesus showed this promise as true and real, one that lives on to this day and into the future.
Jesus came for our world, Jesus came for us, Jesus came in fulfillment of scripture; Jesus carried the ancient forward. And God continues this salvific work through each of us. It is work that involves our cooperation with grace. It is work that requires personal commitment and discipline in prayer and attentiveness. It is about growing and changing, dying and being born anew. The heritage we share calls us to turn to the light that is Christ. Whether asleep or awake, we are in a process of transformation that is conforming us, slowly over time,“to the body of his glory.” (Phil. 4:1).
Genesis 15.5-12, 17-18