A continuation for this season of Lent – my effort to review, in advance, the message from this week’s gospel. From Sadlier’s We Believe –
Second Week of Lent – Gospel Luke 9:28b-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 part 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.
The disciples are awed when the voice of God confirms Jesus’ identity: “This is my Son, my Chosen One.” How will you honor Jesus as the Chosen One of God during Lent?
Getting Ready for Glory
Today’s readings speak of the “glory days”, both for Jesus and for us. Jesus was praying with his friends when he suddenly appeared in all his heavenly glory, dazzling like the sun. A spiritual writer once said that all of us are “walking around shining like the sun” even though we do not know it. Lent is the perfect time to get ready for our own final glory days in heaven. Complete these statements on ways you will prepare:
- I will give more time to prayer by___________________________________________________.
(suggestion: setting aside a special time each day)
- I will become more familiar with the Scriptures by___________________________________________________.
(suggestion: listening more closely to the readings at Mass)
- I will show that I value myself as a “citizen of heaven” by___________________________________________________.
(suggestion: living as Jesus asks me to live)
- I will make a greater effort to listen to Jesus by___________________________________________________.
(being more aware of his presence in other people, events, etc.)
God, I will use my eyes to see you in everyone I meet.
I will use my mouth to say kind things to others.
I will use my hands to help others.
I will use my mind to think only good thoughts.
I will use my heart to share your love.