Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Lent / B

Posted 24th February 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 25th February 2018 - Second Sunday of Lent / B
“We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.”

The familiar Gospel story of the Transfiguration is a beautiful, moving encounter with the things of heaven. It’s a dramatic moment when Jesus encounters Moses and Elijah and the voice of God the Father is heard.

Jesus brings his inner circle comprising Peter, James and John with him to Mount Tabor for this remarkable event. The transfiguration is recounted in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

In addition, 2 Peter 1:18 also refers to it, where it says: “We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.”

There is a tremendous authenticity and witness about this description of the transfiguration. It was an event which clearly remained fresh in St Peter’s mind and one that he no doubt often recalled, especially in times of difficulty. He was literally an eye witness to Christ’s glory.

There is something very touching about Jesus engaging Moses and Elijah. It’s as if these two major historic figures from the Hebrew scriptures are giving Jesus strength and advice for his difficult journey to come. An encounter with God in prayer, can give us strength and support as well but how often do we allow time for this in our busy lives? Jesus is encouraging us today to take time out for prayer and reflection this Lent.

And we hear the great invitation from God the Father to each and every one of us: “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” These powerful words resonate down through history to us all today.

The Transfiguration reminds us of the times in our lives when we have felt particularly close to God. It may have been during a retreat or when walking in the countryside. Or perhaps a time when someone we love said something special to us.

Let us pray in the coming week that we may recognise these moments of grace in our lives when God is giving us encouragement and refreshment. Because God is always present in our lives even when we are unable to recognise it.

Deacon Gerard Reilly