From the Pastor’s Desk: March 1, 2015
The Second Sunday of Lent brings our attention upon the Transfiguration of Jesus. The Gospel tells us that Jesus took Peter, James, and John and “led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them.” The “high mountain” – the Mount of Tabor – is a 1,900 ft. high mountain in Galilee…a very significant place for Christians. Jesus’ Transfiguration and His great commission after the Resurrection in Matthew’s Gospel are celebrated here. The view from the mountain is astonishing, filled with awe, calm, and relaxation. The awesomeness of God’s creation is at an arm length’s reach.
Reflecting on the Transfiguration story at this early point in Lent is extremely helpful to us because it is a great challenge to us. We get busy and we have many voices crashing upon us with their own values, priorities, plans and expectations. We need this time to sort things out, to listen to God’s Son on journey of faith and to reflect upon the threefold aspect of the Transfiguration. This can be a very helpful tool for a successful Lent. The Transfiguration reveals the power of God to re-form our lives, beyond simply transforming or changing us. God calls us to listen to the sacred voice of God from the summit of the mountain, so that with the Lord’s chosen disciples, we may penetrate the deep meaning of these holy mysteries. When God calls, we need to listen. Listening means acting and a change of will- evidence in whether we do what God asks of us to do. In our reflection this week we are invited to apply the Transfiguration experience into our lives, to be transfigured, changed, when we listen to what God is saying to us through Jesus. When we listen with an open heart to the message of Lent, in our response we can act more faithfully as His disciples. As we leave our “mountaintop” experience of the Eucharist, we need to reflect upon the direction of our lives and the changes that need to take place so we grasp more faithfully the terms of our own discipleship. Perhaps we need to take time during this week to listen carefully to the message of the season of Lent once again, “Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.”
Continue to pray for a blessed Lent!