Christians are not unfamiliar with dark and anxious times. Jesus encoded it in our DNA from the moment he began to preach the way of the cross to his disciples. Yet shortly after he reveals this hard mystery, he appears transfigured before Peter, James, and John with Moses and Elijah, assuring them of the hope which they have to look forward to beyond the cross. This event reveals Jesus as the fulfillment of the "law and prophets," bringing a certain close to the covenants of old, making way for a new everlasting covenant in his Body and Blood. Christians today have the advantage of having received the "resurrection faith" given by baptism and sharing in the Holy Spirit, and thus they may more securely turn towards the glory to come on way of the cross, receiving the courage here and now to bring to fulfillment the Abrahamic covenant of drawing all nations to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on March 8, 2020.