.- The transfiguration of Christ reminds us that Jesus is the light who can overcome any darkness in our lives, Pope Benedict said March 4.
âDear brothers and sisters, we all have need of interior light to overcome the tests of life. This light comes from God and it is Christ who gives it to us, he in whom dwells all the fullness of divinity,â the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address.
Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peterâs Square, the Pope dwelt on todayâs Gospel, which recounts the Transfiguration of Jesus.
âAnd after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,â the Gospel of St. Mark says. The episode is also described in the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Mark.
The Pope noted how there are two essential elements in each retelling of the story: the fact that Christâs face and clothes âradiated a brilliant lightâ and that a âcloud enveloped the summitâ from which a voice emanated saying, âThis is my Son, the beloved, listen to him.â
Pope Benedict summed up those elements as âthe light and the voiceâ -- the âdivine light that shines on the face of Jesus, and the voice of the Heavenly Father who testifies for him and commands us to listen.â
This episode, he explained, âis not detachedâ from the Lenten path that will take Jesus towards âthe fulfillment of his mission, well knowing that, to attain the resurrection, he will undergo suffering and death on the Cross.â
Christ had spoken openly of this to his disciples but âthey do not understand and, indeed, have rejected this prospect,â the Pope recalled, because âthey do not reason according to God but according to men.â
Therefore, Christ wanted to reveal his âdivine gloryâ and âthe splendor of truth and loveâ to illuminate the hearts of his apostles for their passage through âthe thick darkness of his passion and death, when the scandal of the cross will be for them unbearable.â
This âinner lightâ will protect them âfrom the assaults of darknessâ because âeven in the darkest night, Jesus is the light that never goes out.â
Pope Benedict drew his remarks to close with a âwonderful expressionâ from the 4-5th century theologian, St. Augustine of Hippo. âThat which for the eyes of the body is the sun that we see, he (Christ) is for the eyes of the heart.â
Before leading the recitation of the Angelus at noon, he entrusted the pilgrims to the Virgin Mary as âour guide in the journey of faith,â that she may help us âto live this experience in Lent, to find some time each day for silent prayer and listening to the word of God.â