Published: Mon, February 20, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Transfigured to be authentic | America Magazine

Transfigured to be authentic | America Magazine

March 12, 2017 - Second Sunday of Lent

When the three apostles saw Jesus transfigured, his expression was not fear, "How good it is here, let's make three stores." Seeing and knowing the truth about Jesus, they were not frightened by the new reality (deeply mystical) they faced, but wanted to remain in the truth.

The process of knowledge of truth involves getting to work. You do not learn by osmosis. Consciousness is not formed in two moments. It involves a task and purpose. Because knowing the truth implies a desire to find it and a willingness to review all aspects of life for that purpose. The apostles, before Jesus transfigured together with Moses and Elijah, could have used common prejudices and concepts once and a thousand times repeated, so much so that we even believe them. They could have said: they are ghosts, they are hallucinations for something we ate, they are visions of the devil, they are all lies ... If they had been Hispanic, the three apostles would have said that it was a work of witchcraft and santería and that Jesus needed a clean.

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Yes, unfortunately, we use these defense mechanisms to stay on our poor standards. The Gospel could be read as a key to the transformation of the apostles. We do not usually do it and it is a pity, because we miss being able to observe the evolution in the faith of the first Christians. That would help us a lot in contemplating our own process of spiritual growth. In this line of thought, the apostles today teach us how much love they had for Jesus and his teaching, who agreed to question everything and open themselves to the search. It is what, in my opinion, is the model to follow in this time of Lent.

This experience of searching within oneself sounds exciting in theory, but at the same time is one of the most frightening to the human being. In fact we have developed a whole series of psychological, social and cultural mechanisms that seem more aimed at concealing the true identity of each person than to self-know ourselves to occupy our place in the world. Situations such as machismo, bullying, "going to the latest fashion", trends that uniformed us, etc., have become real socio-psychological problems that we need to face more and more. Being a teenager, for example, has become a chaos of pressures and abuses, at a stage where the young person needs to dedicate himself to explore his new being and to know who he wants to be; And instead lives controlled by group oppression that prevents him from developing properly. There are so many examples that we could offer to illustrate the world in which we live in a modern urban society.

Lent presents itself as the opportunity and the invitation that God makes us to stop masks and Uniforms, prejudices and manipulations, to make an interior journey that will be the most exciting of our life. Obviously entering our being, knowing us, is scary (or at least frightens a little). That is why this time of Lent is articulated as a process that progresses little by little, week by week. It develops individually and group at a time. Although it is a work of each, as we do all at once, that "each" does it with the help of others, who are in the same. This community aspect of Lent encourages us without pressure, because as everyone is supposed to be in the same, no one cares to push the other to see if it does or does not.

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