This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. It was to change the face of Europe and shape its future for all generations to come. The tragedy of war left it mark and scar both on the human face and the landscape. The whole of society was disfigured.
This Sunday, the beginning of the 2nd week of Lent, we reflect on a significant episode in the earthly life of Jesus. He invited his disciples to Mount Tabor, where he was transfigured before their eyes. On Mount Tabor, the disciples of Jesus were wrapped up in an experience of his divinity and were overwhelmed by voice of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.
During the First World War, a young surgeon, Harlold Gillies, then only thirty-two years of age, took on the challenge of reconstructing the disfigured faces of soldiers injured in the battlefield. He set about transfiguring the disfigured faces of the war working in the field ambulances in Belgium and France. He found himself reconstructing the disfigured faces of thousands of soldiers.
We can have a similar mission today and work for the restoration of our brothers and sisters whose lives have been disfigured by sin. We too can look behind the human face and see the goodness of God in each one of us. Let us go up to the Holy place with Jesus and see Him transfigured in the faces of the many people whose lives have been shattered by our inhumanity to one another. We can re-echo the voice of the Father and the offer the power of the Holy Spirit to so many people who are close by and not too far away from us.