Written on: March 13, 2019
Sr. Bridget is a published author and has taught young children through adults. She enjoys finding connections between science and theology. In her free-time, Sr. Bridget enjoys painting, walking and biking.
2nd Sunday of Lent: Gospel of Luke 9:28b-36
“Jesus took Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him. Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem”…Lk 9: 28b-30
Within a few sentences of this Gospel there are two major themes: transfiguration and exodus. Without using the word “transfiguration” Luke describes it; Jesus’ face changed appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. It must have been an astounding experience for Peter, James and John. And, if that weren’t enough, they see and hear Moses and Elijah conversing with Jesus about his exodus!
What are we 21st century hearers of the Word to understand from this extraordinary happening?
Reflect on a personal event or events in your life. When have you been changed spiritually or been changed in some new way?
In our vulnerability, reflection on difficult events sometimes gives us clarity of vision. We become more aware of change that is needed or the path that is required. The journey will still be difficult but we know it is the right path, a path that leads us and others to life. Will a small change in our life depend on seeing things differently and going forth into freedom?
Early in his public life, Jesus knew his mission was to love us and to be faithful in his love for us:
His way of doing things, though, made enemies. Jesus’ journey will take him to Jerusalem where he will accomplish his exodus. We know his death and resurrection brought us freedom. We are urged to take the journey that brings us life, to follow Jesus. He is hope for us as we face our own small transfiguration, a new insight, one that will give us life, and life for those around us, and the path to freedom.
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Lenten Resource: LIVING A LAUDATO SI’ LENT