March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent
Reading: Luke 9:28-36
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in 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. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to depart from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
We’ve all experienced those special, grace-filled moments in our lives when our whole appearance changes and what is in our hearts shines through our eyes. Moments like falling in love, the birth of a child or grandchild, or when a special event we’ve looked forward to or planned for a long time is finally happening. We can only imagine the change in Jesus’ face after being assured of God’s love. Or how Peter, John and James were affected when they heard the words of the Father “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
As we begin the second full week of Lent, ask yourself if you are truly listening to the words of Jesus each day. Continue, restart or begin to read and meditate on the daily Lenten scripture selections. How are they making a difference in the way you live each day?