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Gospel Reflection for February 25

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

February 25, 2018 — Second Sunday of Lent
Mark 9:2-10
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

People can say funny things when they are excited. Catholic Digest reported that a man called the local hospital and shouted, “Please get ready. I’m bringing my wife over to have her baby.” The receptionist calmly replied, “Don’t hang up yet. I need to ask a few questions. Is this her first baby?” “No,” he answered. “This is her husband.”

In today’s Gospel, Peter was excited when he saw Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah. Amazed by the heavenly visitors and the vision of Jesus transfigured and glorious, Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” As Mark observes, Peter “hardly knew what to say.”

That’s understandable. Anyone would have been astonished at the Transfiguration. But there are many lessons we can learn from this event, but I’d like to focus on the presence of Moses and Elijah. People have often asked why we Catholics pray to Mary and the saints. We should, they say, pray only to God. I point out that we do pray to God. But we also pray to the saints, just as Jesus did. At the Transfiguration, Jesus talked to Moses and Elijah about his coming death in Jerusalem (Luke 9:31). He must have, as a man, received comfort and strength from these two great Old Testament leaders.

We Catholics imitate Jesus when we talk to the saints. We are privileged to talk to the greatest saint of all, Mary. Jesus, as he suffered on the cross, gave Mary to the beloved disciple (who represents all believers) as a Mother. We honor Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal by wearing her medal. We talk to her and receive comfort and strength from her, just as Jesus talked to Moses and Elijah and received comfort and strength from them.

Peter may have been excited when he wanted to make tents on Mount Tabor, but many years later he calmly described “the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” because he had been an eyewitness of Christ’s majesty “on the holy mountain” (2 Peter 1:16-18). Moses and Elijah helped Peter to know the glory of Christ. Mary and all the saints help us to know his glory today.

Read last week's reflection.