Second Sunday of Lent
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, ‘This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.’” (Mark 9:2-3, 7)
My favorite place to visit is a little patch of heaven in north western Wisconsin. Several years ago I had the opportunity to take a very good friend with me on vacation up north. I was very fortunate because she saw in the place the same rugged beauty that I did. It would have been disappointing if she hadn’t.
Jesus took Peter, James and John to the heights both physically and figuratively. He wanted them to see his glory even if they couldn’t understand it completely. He wanted them to hear with their own ears Jesus’ mission statement, “This is my beloved Son.” These common fishermen were his friends and Jesus wanted them to know his truth.
We know that they realized that this was a special moment. They wanted to hold on to it but as with most mystical experiences that does not happen. Too quickly it is over and what they had was only the memory. But it will be a memory that will continue to have energy for them far beyond that day. It will be the key to their understanding of Jesus’ mission in the future.
For Jesus this second experience of hearing that he is the beloved Son is significant because it will give him the strength to face the suffering and crucifixion that is coming soon.
Leaving the mountain all four men had experienced a deep sense of God and all would continue to be graced by this day on the mountain.
Questions for Reflection:
1. Jesus gives these three men a glimpse of His glory. Have we had such a glimpse of heaven in our life?
2. Have I had an experience which I had hoped would continue on? What was the grace I received?
Prayer: Transfigured Jesus, help me to see you and embrace the mystery of Your life. Amen.
Janis Yaekel, asc