2nd Sunday of Lent (C) 2019

Todays reading is about the transfiguration.
The focus is on Jesus of Nazareth being transfigured or changed before the eyes of Peter, James and John.
We are inclined to ignore the two people who appeared talking to Jesus. They were Moses (representing the Law of the Old Testament) and Elijah (representing the prophets of the Old Testament).
They too were transfigured. They too were changed. We are told that ‘behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glorious splendour.’
Scripture tells us that when the risen Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalen on Easter Sunday morning she did not recognise him until he called her name.
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with the risen Jesus and talked with Him for some hours but did not recognise him until he ‘broke bread’ with them.
St. Paul tells us; ’For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’
Today’s Gospel reading shows us two ordinary human beings who have died and received a sharing in the life of God (or the Kingdom of God). Their perishable bodies have received imperishability, their mortal bodies have received immortality. They can now thumb their noses at death and death’s handmaids, sickness and pain. ‘Death, for them, has been swallowed up in victory.’
This is my destiny. This is my great hope. This is my certain belief. I too look forward to standing side by side with the risen Jesus and Moses and Elijah in the presence of my God.
Isn’t that something to look forward to??
Isn’t that a good reason to regard one another with the utmost respect and consideration??