2nd Sunday of Lent

Last week I was in Lourdes for the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes.  It was a fantastic celebration with nearly thirty Bishops , a 1000 Priests and the best part of a million people out on the Prairie opposite the Grotto.  Bishop of Lourdes, Jacque Perier, said the object of the Jubilee should serve to announce the Gospel at the outset of the third millennium.  It was a call to conversion and prayer: the Immaculate Conception, the Eucharist and the sick.  One new aspect for the Jubilee was a new mosaic covering the front of the Basilica, depicting the new Rosary Mysteries of Light promulgated by the late Pope John Paul II. 
 
There in the middle of the new mosaic was one depicting the Transfiguration showing the Transfigured Christ with Moses and Elijah with the stunned disciples Peter, James and his brother John, as spoken of in the Gospel today.  The main point of the Gospel is that if we are to be true disciples of Christ, completing the work of Moses and Elijah, then we too must be prepared to change and be “transfigured”.  Our change through Lenten penance of  almsgiving, repentance and suffering must not be skin deep.  We hear a lot about cosmetic change today through diet and exercise, but that is only superficial.  Our change must be spiritual, opening us up to the grace of God so that we become more like Christ through the aid of his grace.