A Prelude to the Glory of God
On this Second Sunday of Lent Jesus asked Peter, James and his brother John to accompany him up a high mountain that they might be alone. Can you imagine what they were thinking as they trekked higher and higher. I wonder if they kept their thoughts to themselves, or if Jesus had to endure the ever annoying,
“Are we there yet?” Upon reaching their destination, they had an incredible “mountaintop” experience. Jesus revealed to them his glory!
So, what is the relevance of Moses’ and Elijah’s appearance beside the transfigured Jesus? Remember, these disciples were of the Jewish tradition. They knew their Scripture well and Moses and Elijah were people Jesus knew they would recognize. This was a prelude to eternal life with God. It was necessary so that the disciples could be sure of who Jesus said he was – one with the Father. Jesus is God! We can only imagine it was a sight to behold! And yet, in Jesus, it is a sight we will beholdwhen our time comes to face our Lord. Jesus then instructed them not to tell anyone until the Son of Man has risen from the dead. Again, I wonder what it was like for them not to
tell anyone, and what did Jesus mean by that; “risen from the dead”?
It is good for us to place ourselves into Scripture, to imagine what it might have been like at the time and to question ourselves about how we might react in the same situation. Somehow it helps Scripture to come alive for us, after all it is the “Living Word” of God. Take time this Lent to enter into the Scripture that is being proclaimed each week at Mass and read it again during the week. Doing so provides us grace and draws us ever closer to Jesus.
The account of the Transfiguration might also invite us to think about how we need to be transfigured or transformed to become more like Christ. What do I need to change? What do I need to be aware of about myself, my actions, my attitudes? In what way am I like Christ to others? And in what way am I not? The six weeks of Lent offers the faithful a time to reflect, to examine self and to pray, recognizing that God hears and answers our prayers.
Let us continue our Lenten journey with faith that Jesus is indeed present in our lives, in that alone we find hope of our being transformed by his love.
P.S. Don’t forget to add your links to our Gratitude Chain that is growing in our Gathering Place. What are you thankful for this Lent? How have you been blessed? How have you blessed others today?