Lectio Divina: 2nd Sunday of Lent
“Master, it is good that we are here.” — Luke 9:33
In today’s Gospel, we read about Christ’s Transfiguration. This event reminds us that we are called to one day rise and share in Christ’s glorified state. After all, God doesn’t just want to save us and redeem us, He wants to also glorify and transform us!
In the passage, we see that Jesus invited Peter, James, and John to join Him. People often joke about Peter’s reaction to seeing the Transfigured Christ with Moses and Elijah. He’s in the presence of Jesus and two ancient figures and he wants to go camping!? But there’s a certain innocence and charm to Peter’s desire to set out a tent. He wants the moment to remain. He wants to abide with them. As Peter takes in the glory of Christ and the presence of Moses and Elijah, he wants it to last!
How many times have we gone to a retreat or a conference and experienced a “Jesus High.” Once you’re in that state, you don’t want to leave. You want to remain and abide. However, we’re not meant to stay at the mountaintop. Christ had to descend and go to His Passion. The apostles had to descend and witness it. We may often want to pitch a tent and stay in the comfortable places of life, but maybe that’s not what Christ needs us to do. He, more often than not, needs us to witness His glory to be able to face what is coming next.
- How would you react if Jesus took you up to the mountain to pray?
- Would you react the same way that Peter did?
- If you heard God’s voice, what would your first reaction be? Joy or fear?
- Would you be able to keep such an event a secret for a while, or would you be so awestruck that you would tell everyone you came across?
- Throughout your average week, are you intentional in taking time out to spend time with Jesus? Or is your prayer life left to chance?