About eight days after he said this, Jesus
took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain
to pray. While he was praying his face changed
in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And
behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter
and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming
fully awake, they saw his glory and the two
men standing with him. As they were about to
part from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is
good that we are here; let us make three
tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for
Elijah." But he did not know what he was
saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came
and cast a shadow over them, and they became
frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud
came a voice that said, "This is my chosen
Son; listen to him." After the voice had spoken,
Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not
at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to you with
great confidence, seeking to bask under your rejuvenating light.
During this time of Lent I wish to leave
aside the old man and become more like you.
Lord, grant me the grace to encounter you more
1. Following the Master: The apostles Peter, James and
John felt privileged that day. The Master has chosen them
alone to accompany him up Mt. Tabor. The farther
up the mountain they go, the more their attention
is centered on Christ. They have already forgotten about the
other apostles. They wonder when the Lord will stop,
where he is taking them, what is the purpose
of their journey. They do not understand, but they have
learned to trust him and have followed him ever
since he called them. He has always shown himself
to be true, and so Peter, James and John stand
firmly in their trust in him. This is a
great lesson for us, too. We need to learn to
follow Christ wherever he leads us. Although at times
the going is tough and obstacles seem to be
everywhere barring our path, like Peter, James and John we
know for certain that the Lord is with us.
The Master’s Light: They reach the summit of the mountain.
The Lord begins to pray. The apostles are tired
out with the climb, and although they try to pray,
they soon fall fast asleep. Then the sound of
voices invades their sleep, and they feel a bright
light on their closed eyes. Waking up, they are overawed
at what they see. Before them is the Master
in his Glory. At his side stand Moses and Elijah,
conversing with him in an unmistakable attitude of respect.
He is dazzlingly white, almost too bright for their
eyes. It is their Lord and Master. They are filled
with the greatest joy. They are overcome by their
experience of Christ in his glory. Peter says what
comes to his mind—that he wants to remain there always.
He has not fully understood, but he has grasped
that to be with Christ, to live in the
light of the Master, is to live in joy.
Beloved Son: Moses and Elijah appear in glory. They bear
witness that their mission, and that of all those
sent by God throughout the centuries of Israel’s history,
was a preparation for the coming of Christ. They spoke
in veiled language, in symbolic language, and though they
perceived a Messiah would come, they did not fully
know him. They did not know that he would be
God’s only Son, born of a woman. Now the
veil has been removed. The New Covenant is proclaimed
by the Son himself. He speaks to the world as
the Son of the Father. And it is the
Father who calls on the apostles to listen to his
Son, his beloved Son. Let us ask for the
grace to listen to Christ. Let us ask for the
grace to pick up the Gospel with renewed simplicity,
with a generous and open heart, with faith and
confidence in God, that we might hear the words of
the Son of God.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, you so loved us that you came
to show us the way to live our lives in
the truth. You, the Eternal Word of the Father,
lead us on the path of holiness. Do not let
us grow weary, especially when the path is difficult.
Give us your strength to stay the course.
Today I’ll take up the Gospel and read a
passage from it, exercising my faith in it as
God’s own word, full of light and truth.