Sermon: The Transfiguration of the Lord
II Sunday of Lent
Mt. 17, 1-9
On Mt. Tabor, the disciples saw the glory of the humanity of Jesus. They did not see the glory of his divinity because it remains, for now, unperceivable for man. We are in need of a special light, the lumen gloriae, which God will grant us in Heaven.
The humanity of Christ possesses enormous importance for us. We tend to speak to Christ as God, but not as a man. Christ is god, but also Man, and we are prone to forgetting this. The humanity of Christ is fundamental for us to understand the mystery of our Redemption.
We cannot say, as some do, that Christ was “immune” to temptations because he was God. Such a statement makes our redemption null and void. The temptations that Christ went through were much more serious than what we have to face. In order for Christ to suffer like us, it was necessary for him to take a human nature, like ours, the same as ours in everything but sin. Jesus became Man in order to die for us; he was unable to die in his divinity. If Christ were not to have died, we would remain in our sin. If the Word were not to have become man, our death would be a condemnation for us; however, because he did die for us, our death has become glorious. Death is the door that opens the House of the Father to us.
All love in this world must be founded on God, because God is love and the source of all love. Any love not founded on God, is not true love.
How little we think of the love that Jesus has for us! Christ has two wills: one divine, because he is God, and one human, because he is man. These two wills both belong to the one Person, which is divine.
If the Word were not to have become man, then it would be impossible for us to love God as we do. How would we ever fall in love with Christ? Being in love is what makes man happy, and would be impossible if Christ would not have become man. Man can only love what he can perceive…