Reflection for March 17, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

After His suffering there is a great glory

Sunday's Transfiguration passage assures the apostles (and us) that Jesus is the Messiah

On Mount Tabor in Israel stands the Basilica of the Transfiguration. We believe the structure marks where Peter, John and James witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and conversation with Moses and Elijah who spoke of Jesus’ exodus.

Lent is a time to enter into Jesus’ exodus -- His passion, death and resurrection – as well as remember his connection to the first exodus – God’s people escaping slavery in Egypt. We are, in a sense, on a pilgrimage just like Peter, John and James. We journey, we recall and we are blessed.

Here is a photo of the basilica’s mosaic interpretation of the Transfiguration. As you gaze upon it, consider:

  1. How do I describe my journey to the “mountaintop”?
  2. How do I contend with the inevitable detours or roadblocks?
  3. When have I made a "tent" for Jesus?
  4. God asks: "This is my chosen Son; listen to him."  How have I responded?

Basilica -Transfiguration -public -domain
image: Berthold Werner, public domain