As we continue this forty-day journey through Lent, we do not want to lose sight of what the future held for Jesus in the Gospel, and for us in our own lives. Jesus will suffer greatly and will be put to death and laid in a tomb. But on the third day he will be raised up and ascend to the Father in glory, opening the way to eternal life for all of us. We mark this season with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and hope that it will lead us to “join hands in loving service.”
The gospel gives us a sneak preview of our Lord’s rising in the Transfiguration. Just before this scene Jesus had told his disciples that he will be persecuted by the authorities and put to death. Peter had immediately rebuked him to which Jesus responded. “Get behind me, Satan.” Peter is one of the three who now hears the voice from the cloud say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
After confronting Peter’s rebuke, Jesus spoke to the other disciples, telling them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.” God affirms this statement in commanding Peter, James, and John to listen to Jesus. Are we making the effort to listen for Jesus’ voice during this holy season of Lent? If we are to come after Jesus, if we are to be raised to eternal life with him, we must deny our own desires, take up our crosses, and follow him. What cross can I carry that will transfigure my life in these forty days?
Love, Peace, Joy,
Just a reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 12. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour.