Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.
Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid.
And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’
And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.
Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Lent
It is easy in our consideration of the accounts of the Mystery of the Transfiguration to be distracted by the meaning of the presence of Moses and Elijah, and the actions and reactions of the disciples. These are not unimportant. However our principal focus should be on Jesus and on the voice that comes from heaven and claims him as son, and commands us to listen to him.
This Lent, as every Lent, we give time over both to noticing where we have not listened, or have failed to understand or have even disobeyed. This Lent, as every Lent, the invitation is indeed to listen to him.
- Where do you best listen? And why?
- When are you best able to listen? And why?
- What did you last hear the Lord say to your heart? To your mind?
Mosaic from Basilica of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Israel. (c) 2017, Allen Morris