God & Mountains: (((HOMILY))) 2nd Sunday of Lent
by Father Brian J. Soliven on Sunday February 28, 2021
"Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them" (from the Gospel reading at Mass). Notice where Jesus lead them -- "up a high mountain." For a first century Jew, this detail meant everything. Mountains are places of encounter with the living God. Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? Mount Sinai. Where is Jerusalem and its Holy Temple situated? On a mountain. Where does Jesus reveal his divine, radiant, glory? Mount Tabor. Whenever you think of mountains, think of God. When you think of God, think mountains. Even the way our Catholic churches are designed convey this awesome reality. You always walk up a flight of stairs to enter through the front doors. The altar, the sacred sanctuary, and the precious Tabernacle are elevated, accessible only by walking up stairs. These are "mini mountains," so to speak. It is here in our holy places that God again comes down to encounter each of us, if only we have eyes to see and ears to hear.