(Second Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, March 12, 2017.
If human nature did not have the potential to “shine like the sun,” God would not have taken human nature.
When God became man in Jesus, he showed his nature for human eyes to see: “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2). It is God’s trustworthiness; his love for justice, and his goodness that makes his face shine like the sun and his clothes white as light.
We also can transfigure our human nature if we free ourselves from the darkness of division and inequality, making it again shine like the sun and white as light. We are capable of doing this because our human nature is the depository of God’s attributes. That is, the depository of a God whose “word is true; all his works are trustworthy;” a God who “loves justice and right, and fills the earth with goodness” (Psalm 33:4-5).
However, the forces of evil in the world have degraded human nature so much so that it appears to be almost impossible for us to restore the goodness God instilled in us since the beginning.
The restoration of the goodness of our human nature
In order to restore the goodness of our human nature, we must follow these step
– We must be able to see it as it is: Bright as the sun and white as light.
– We must believe that God is united to our human nature. God speaks of this unity when he says, “This is my beloved Son” (Matthew 17:5). This means that each and every human being is united with God. And it is because of this unity that human nature shares in the brightness and light of God.
– We must accept that human nature reaches its fullness when it is united with God. Since we are all children of God, he is “well pleased” (Matthew 17:5) with us all. There is nothing that could better define the greatness of human nature than its unity with God, inasmuch as unity pleases God.
– We must listen to God, for by listening to him we become like him.
We must restore the goodness of our human nature
If we want to possess the light of God, we must be willing to “bear [our] share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God” (2 Timothy 1:8). For it is inevitable that those who side with God in their struggle against evil and death will shine like the sun and become white as light.
Furthermore, those who restore the qualities of God in our human nature (that is, those who share in his transfiguration) will be freed from all forms of evil. For they have been called by God to share in his life “according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
The light that radiates from God makes real the potentials of our human nature and makes it shine like the sun.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)