Bishop McGratan related the story of Jesus Christ's transfiguration and the observance of Lent as a Christian community to God's call to holiness. The transfiguration was not just a gift of God's presence, a manifestation of Jesus' divinity, but also the prediction of Jesus' impending death and resurrection. It was a gift not only given to the apostles Peter, James and John but also to all of us as Christ's disciples.
Lent is not just a time for having awareness of our own sinfulness and the need for us to turn away from our sin. Lent is also an invitation to holiness, where we once again receive the gift of faith-it is a time of grace, a tine when we can be drawn in a deeper relationship with God. Although our society focuses on the individual, Christian life is communal - we pray, fast and do charitable works together. It is in our baptism that we first received the gift of faith, the life of grace which we all share with All Christians.