On this Second Sunday of Lent we follow Jesus up the mountain with his closest friends, Peter, James and John. Amazingly he is transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appear to them as well. Peter tries in vain to find the right words to describe the experience. He is overcome with joy and doesn’t want the encounter to end. Then come the cloud and the voice, dropping them to the ground in fear and awe. Jesus tells them not to be afraid…and then in a flash it is over.
Hopefully, we all can look back on our own mountain top experiences when we felt God’s presence and grace in a profound, life-changing way. We wish those moments would never end, but then the shadow of “reality” returns and we find ourselves lost, discouraged, and even afraid.
We remember that the presence of darkness and confusion in our lives is unavoidable. Its hard to understand what it is we are doing or where we are heading. By listening to the Lord’s voice in the silence of our hearts, however, we can feel Jesus’ loving touch reassuring us and reminding us that we are his beloved sons or daughters.
Peace, Fr. Steve