Today’s, Gospel is from Luke 9:28-36, in it we read that Jesus journeys to the mountain top with his disciples Peter, James and John so that they might pray together. During prayer his three companions struggle between wakefulness and sleep. Then as Jesus prays something spectacular, startling and amazing happens. Jesus’ appearance changes before them and his clothes become dazzling and bright. Moses and Elijah appear with him talking of Jesus’ impending departure from Jerusalem.
And although the three disciples were tired, they are struck by the sight that has unfolded before them. So, Peter asks Jesus if he may erect three tents for him, Moses and Elijah so they might be able to stay and talk awhile together. But as Peter speaks these words, Moses and Elijah disappear and a voice comes from the cloud and God speaks, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen, listen to him” (v.34). As God speaks the three understand that Jesus is God’s very son and they must listen to him because soon he will depart. This points to the heart of the matter, Jesus is not simply a man. He is really the Son of God! But still they do not fully understand that Jesus’ departure from them would be on the cross.
I think we are like the disciples, for we cannot fully understand who God is, but we can know him through Jesus who is the Son of God. And when we see Jesus as the Son of God we can change. Because just like the disciples, we are invited to come “to the mountain” and pray so that we might see more fully. I know that when I spend time in prayer I can see things more clearly, see how things as they really are, for it is when I pray that God can reach inside my heart and draw my spirit to himself. So, especially during Lent I must try harder to put aside my daily cares and spend more time with God. Then perhaps, I can become a little more loving and compassionate, because by accepting God’s love through my prayers, I will be better able to give love to others.
Since today also marks the Feast of St. Patrick, I would like to share this Celtic blessing:
May love and laughter light your day
And warm your heart and home
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures
May life’s passing season bring the best to you and yours.
—Mary Driscoll, wife, mother, grandmother and campus minister