2nd Sunday Reflections: Year C- Desire Yamuremye S.J

Notwithstanding the liturgical year, the second Sunday of Lent is always a transfiguration Sunday.

In this liturgical year C, the Gospel makes us reflect on    the Transfiguration according to Luke, while apostle Paul actually shows that it is Christ who will transform us after making a covenant, a Faith obedience to him like our father Abraham.

Our reflection should avail answer for three questions. What did this mystery of transfiguration mean for the three apostles Peter, James, and John? What can this mystery mean for us today when we face the terrifying phenomena that is HIV/AIDS? What must people of God, having been transformed through baptism, carry out to support those infected with HIV and indeed those who are already developing AIDS disease? 

For the three apostles, it is obvious that they did not understand at that time the meaning of the transfiguration. Let’s call back to our minds and hearts that this scene happens after Peter had confessed that Jesus is the "Christ", the Son of the living God, the God of Abraham. But in response, Jesus took the opportunity to announce to the disciples His death and resurrection. And the disciples would understand the meaning of this event later, at the resurrection after an agonizing death on the Cross. We know that it is the resurrection of Jesus that takes us into the virtue of Hope.

In our daily journey, our daily life, we come across personal or social barriers that can cause doubt and despair within us. These situations are many, but the problem of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa is still massive and puts to test the faith of many individuals and families even with recent improvement structures in care.

No one can contest that good policies of public health for the prevention and care are a form of transfiguration; but unlike the disciples who did not understand, we must always be dynamic, always keeping our lamps lit. We have to be ready to demonstrate solidarity with the members of the family of God who are highly exposed to risk of HIV/AIDS, especially our young people. God is relying on each and every one of us to transform the faces of the bodies wounded by social injustice, discrimination, and violence against women and girls. 

As Pope Francis said in his encyclical Gaudete and Exsultate, that it is through the call for solidarity, especially with those who are in grim need of justice, that God calls us to holiness in the world today.

Fr. Desire Yamuremye is Director of Loyola Cultural Center and Loyola Esperance Center (CEL) in Lome, Togo