Thursday, February 25, 2010
Preparing for the Second Sunday of Lent
Remember when I used to use Thursday to help prepare for Sunday's Liturgy? It is so important to prepare ahead that I am going back to try to focus on Thursday at least on part of the Sunday Liturgy. The Gospel is Luke's account of the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28b-36). "Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray." First of all, Jesus chose just these three to be with him; he will choose the same three to pray with him in the garden. Both times these friends are not very helpful as they are overcome with sleep. However, in today's Gospel we are told that "becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him." Before this we are told that while Jesus was praying, "his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. Moses and Elijah also were there in glory and spoke of "his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem." This is a very special moment in the life of Jesus; if he became aware of his mission at the moment of his baptism, now it is confirmed. He will suffer and enter into glory. Again, the cloud and from the cloud a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him." We are to be there and listen to Jesus. He speaks to us in so many ways. Do we even hear his invitation inviting us to go up the mountain with him to pray?