St. Paul reminds us that we were saved to be holy and to live a holy life; so bear your hardship (your cross) for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God. The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent always tells the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. What do these Scripture readings have in common?
The Old Testament Reading speaks of the establishment of a covenant blessing from God—a future great nation. We are still building this kingdom of God, working in the field of souls, to continue the work started by Abram. St. Paul writes of the new covenant in Christ—Christ, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light—a future eternity for us in heaven. The Gospel Transfiguration story gives us a momentary vision of that eternity, a future assured to us who believe.
So: remember eternity--your future—in all your today acts and actions, in what you say, in your now choices and your every daily decision. We have God’s trust and love and strength to help us on our journey. Remembering eternity may mean your own personal transfiguration according to God’s design for you—and in that remembering today there may be the opportunity to actually experience eternity later…