Not all of these “transfiguration” moments are happy or joyful. Some of them come in the midst of great sadness, even in the midst of tragedy and death. I have had such “transfiguration moments” with people as they were dying -- luminous in-breakings of Grace that transfigured the dying person’s last moments...and, me as well!
Surely these “transfiguration moments” are happening right now in the lives of our sisters and brothers of Ukraine as they fight for their lives and their freedom. These transfiguration moments are happening in the refugee camps as our Ukrainian sisters and brothers are being welcomed and even taken into peoples homes in the midst of their suffering, anguish and lossness.
These transfiguration moments exist all around us in encounters with the poor and the marginalized, with the immigrant and refugee, with the one whom we see as “other”, there is God, waiting, wanting us to reach out and take “the other’s” hand and be transfigured.
Lent is a wonderful opportunity to look for transfiguration moments as well as to step back and recall those moments of grace when the fullness of God burst into our lives...when we realized that we were not alone...that there was something more to life, more than what we can see or touch...more than we can imagine... “God moments”! When was my last “God moment”? How was I transfigured by that moment? What does that “God moment” call me to do, to be? Whose hand am I being called to reach out and grasp?
Pope Frances is quoted as saying, "Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine. It is not merely a military operation, but a war, which sows death, destruction and misery." And has asked us all to hold the people of Ukraine in prayer as part of our Lenten journey.