MY daily reflection and prayer:
Suday, February 21, 2016
The Second Sunday of Lent
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 9:28-36
Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” — not knowing what he said. As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son [my Chosen]; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
THE Gospel today tells us about the transfiguration of Jesus. The appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.
According to St. Luke as we read today, Jesus transfigured in glory as he was praying. At the time, there were two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah. They spoke of Jesus’ departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. What they spoke was about his betrayal, rejection and crucifixion.
In today’s Gospel, St. Luke wants to show how important prayer really is, even Jesus himself was praying. We remember, in last week’s Gospel, we also found Jesus go off into the wilderness to pray. And in today’s Gospel passage, we see him go up the mountain to pray as well.
Dear friends, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has become man. Of course, he was perfect, sinless, without any tendencies to selfishness, laziness, or pride. And yet, we see him go off to be alone in prayer.
In the Gospel we read about how he had to get up early to make time for prayer. Other times he had to stay up late to make time for praying. He always did it lovingly.
We know then that Jesus always needed to pray. If Jesus, the Son of God, who was perfect in every way, needed to pray, what does that imply for us, who are so imperfect, so weak, so vulnerable to every sort of temptation and wounded by every kind of sin? If Jesus needed to pray; so do we. We need more and more to pray with him.
In his prayer Jesus transfigured in his glory. His face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.
Here, I remember the experience of Moses as noted in book of Exodus 34:29. When Moses met with God in his prayer on Mount Sinai, the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. And in his letter to the Corinthians St. Paul says that the Israelites even could not look at Moses’ face because of its brightness (2 Corinthians 3:7).
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we adore Jesus Christ who wants to share his glory with each of us. So we have to pray with him. In our prayer with him, we learn to listen to him. We learn to follow him, to obey his words and to take the path he has chosen for us; then we will experience his glory and receive his abundant blessings of his Father.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, nothing brings us closer to you than walking alongside you and doing the things you did for love of God the Father. You invite us to purify our hearts and minds and to turn our intentions back to you. Grant us the grace to fill this Lent with great enthusiasm and love to pray. Help us live it with joy, now and forever. Amen.