Lord Jesus, I come to you with great
confidence, seeking to bask under your rejuvenating light. During this time of Lent I wish to leave
aside the old man and become more like you.
Lord, grant me
the grace to encounter you more intimately.
1. Following the Master:
apostles Peter, James and John felt privileged that day. The Master has chosen them alone to
accompany him up Mt. Tabor. The farther up the mountain they go, the more their attention is
centered on Christ. They have already forgotten about the other apostles. They wonder when the Lord
will stop, where he is taking them, what is the purpose of their journey. They do not understand,
but they have learned to trust him and have followed him ever since he called them. He has always
shown himself to be true, and so Peter, James and John stand firmly in their trust in him. This is a
great lesson for us, too. We need to learn to follow Christ wherever he leads us. Although at times
the going is tough and obstacles seem to be everywhere barring our path, like Peter, James and John
we know for certain that the Lord is with us.
2. The Master's Light:
They reach the
summit of the mountain. The Lord begins to pray. The apostles are tired out with the climb, and
although they try to pray, they soon fall fast asleep. Then the sound of voices invades their sleep,
and they feel a bright light on their closed eyes. Waking up, they are overawed at what they see.
Before them is the Master in his Glory. At his side stand Moses and Elijah, conversing with him in
an unmistakable attitude of respect. He is dazzlingly white, almost too bright for their eyes. It is
their Lord and Master. They are filled with the greatest joy. They are overcome by their experience
of Christ in his glory. Peter says what comes to his mind that he wants to remain there always. He
has not fully understood, but he has grasped that to be with Christ, to live in the light of the
Master, is to live in joy.
3. My Beloved Son:
Moses and Elijah appear in glory.
They bear witness that their mission, and that of all those sent by God throughout the centuries of
Israel's history, was a preparation for the coming of Christ. They spoke in veiled language, in
symbolic language, and though they perceived a Messiah would come, they did not fully know him. They
did not know that he would be God's only Son, born of a woman. Now the veil has been removed. The
New Covenant is proclaimed by the Son himself. He speaks to the world as the Son of the Father. And
it is the Father who calls on the apostles to listen to his Son, his beloved Son. Let us ask for the
grace to listen to Christ. Let us ask for the grace to pick up the Gospel with renewed simplicity,
with a generous and open heart, with faith and confidence in God, that we might hear the words of
the Son of God.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, you so loved us that you
came to show us the
way to live our lives in the truth. You, the Eternal Word of
the Father, lead us on the path of holiness. Do not let us grow
especially when the path is difficult.
Give us your strength to stay the
Today I'll take up the Gospel and read a passage from
it, exercising my faith in it as God's own word, full of light and truth.