Transformed by Christ
On the Second Sunday of Lent, from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians:
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. -Philippians 3:20-21, NAB
This weekend’s Gospel reading shows a glimpse of Jesus’ glorified body during His Transfiguration before Peter, John, and James (see Luke 9:28-35). In this passage, we are given a glimpse of Christ’s true divinity, and the hope that, one day, our bodies will be transformed by Christ.
Our faith centers on Christ’s work and our salvation. We are being offered a pathway to Heaven, and, when Jesus comes again, to be reunited with our glorified bodies. Our bodies will be transformed to reflect the glory of Heaven.
In the meantime, we do not have to wait until we reach Heaven to begin the process of being transformed by Christ; the work can begin today in our weak, fragile, worldly bodies. We cannot do much to transform our physical body itself, a fragile shell of our existence, but we can transform the soul within it.
The process is rather simple, actually. Near the end of this week’s Gospel reading, the Father tells Peter, John, and James, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him (Luke 9:35).” It’s that easy. Listen to Christ. Follow the example He set for us. Obey the commands He gives us. Let His life and His teachings in the Gospel direct your path.
At Jesus’ Second Coming, we will be reunited with our glorified bodies, but until then, we can still be transformed by Christ in our daily lives. Follow the Word of God in Scripture in this life to prepare yourself for life in the next.