In the readings for this Sunday, we are drawn into the mystery of Jesus’s Transﬁguration.
Just as he calls his disciples up to the mountain top to encourage them with the truth of who he is as he journeys to the Cross, so the Church calls us into this mystery during Lent to encourage us on our own journey. We are not meant to endure suﬀering for its own sake, but for the sake of the one who loves us. And this suﬀering bears true beauty within it because of who we are suﬀering for. To see that beauty, sometimes Jesus needs to take us out of the suﬀering and up to the mountain top.
Ponder the Gospel story for today. Put yourself in the place of the disciples Jesus took up the mountain. Remember their fear when Jesus ﬁrst told him how he would have to suﬀer and die. Then think of this moment where Jesus reveals the beauty of his divinity and why he will undergo this suﬀering—so that we can share in his divine beauty.
Take a word that comes to mind and reﬂect a moment on what it means to you personally. For example, you might have been attracted to the phrase “he was transﬁgured before them.” Ask yourself what this means in your own life. How has Jesus transﬁgured ordinary things, especially crosses, in your life to reveal the true beauty and glory hidden beneath them? Is there a suﬀering in your life now that Jesus desires to transﬁgure for you?
Parish Prayer Requests
Clare Fernandez who is battling liver cancer and for Cheryl Ruth who remains in a coma.
For the repose of the souls of Howard Bettencourt, Tom Dayton and James Happe.
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