2nd Sunday of Lent: Call to Transformation
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and John
up on a high mountain to be alone with them..
And before their eyes, Jesus was transfigured –
his face becoming as dazzling as the sun and his clothes as radiant as light.
Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said,
“Rabbi, how good that we are here.
With your permission, I will erect three shelters here –
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!”
Peter was still speaking when suddenly
a bright cloud overshadowed them,
Out of the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my Own, my Beloved, on whom my favor rests.
Listen to him!”
When they heard this, the disciples fell forward on the ground,
overcome with fear.
Jesus came toward them and touched them, saying,
“Get up! Don’t be afraid.”
When they looked up,
they did not see anyone but Jesus.
As they were coming down from the mountainside,
Jesus commanded them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Chosen One has been raised from the dead.”
- The Greek word episkiazo is the one used to express the overshadowing. In Luke’s account of the Annunciation, Gabriel uses the same word: “the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” This presence of the Spirit changes the lives of those who have been in her shadow. What might have changed for Peter, James and John after this experience? How has the Spirit’s presence changed your approach to life?
- Jesus tells the disciples to keep the vision to themselves until after the Resurrection. Now that he has been raised, what is the vision I am/we are to speak? What is the message I am/we are called to speak?
When the disciples finished their journey down the mountain, they encounter a father whose request for a cure for his son has met with a disappointing result. The disciples were unable to cure him. (Mt 17:14-21) What message do you hear in this as we attempt to identify and respond to the needs of our world?