March 12, Second Sunday of Lent
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. (Matthew 17:1-8)
Seeing Jesus being transfigured in front of their eyes, the reaction of Peter, James and John was one of amazement and awe. What a wonderful experience and honor for them, to be witnesses to this event. Throughout our lives we are given glimpses of God in our lives. Some are monumental happenings like the three disciples experienced in today’s Gospel or some are like a soft and quiet breeze that takes over our spirit, forever. We grow and are transformed in some way that brings us closer to God. Our life is different.
What are some of the ways that God has touched your life? How has it changed you?
Usually after a very wonderful retreat, a family gathering where everyone just seemed to “fit together,” or a perfectly gorgeous spring day, I feel a “Transfiguration Moment” and want to laminate it–set up tents (and chairs) so to bask in the glory and awe that fills my soul! But, as with the apostles, the moment passes, and I am again in the ordinary experience of things.
However, if I can remember that, like them, I, too, can look up and see “no one else but Jesus alone,” that “Transfiguration Moment” does remain with me: in those I meet, those I work with, those I pass in the mall or the grocery store. The moments are put into prospective and, in the times of sorrow, illness, distress, I will know the deepening of faith that comes with the grace of Transfiguration.