Second Sunday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Sunday of Lent, February 25, 2018 WORD of the DAY   Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.   (Mark 9: 7-8) How shall I live this Word? A play of lights and shadows, of clouds, of sky, of unexpected horizons fills today’s liturgy.  The episode of the Transfiguration creates a solution of continuity in the Gospel accounts.  Even in Mark’s account, it is like a temporary hiatus that intervenes in the daily life of the apostles.  Time and space empty themselves and allow the infinite to reveal itself.  The first light, so unsupportable to the eyes, that had allowed them to see Jesus transfigured and the presence of Elijah and Moses, now is covered by a cloud, that relieves their eyes and covers the frightened Peter, James, and John in a cloud. Of course, the shadows are scary, especially if they are indecipherable and draw out the phantasms that live there, but the shadows protect and help to resist even in extreme situations....