Posted by: livingscripture | March 1, 2015

Second Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 “As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.”   

 (Mark 9: 9-10)   

 How should we live this Worddb_46-Transfiguration[1]

In his terror, the only words Peter can utter are: “How beautiful it is to be here.  Shall I build three tents?”  It is a phrase that speaks of resistance to the incomprehensible.  As if this were not enough, Jesus’ words are even more obscure and terrible.  He tells them not to recount what they have seen.  They may speak of it only after His resurrection from the dead. Try to put yourself in the place of Peter, James, and John, to imagine their thoughts and emotions at the moment of the Transfiguration.  They probably climbed Mount Tabor, thinking of a time of retreat, a pause between working, preaching, and meeting people every day.  Instead, something very strange happens on Tabor, something unforeseen.  The experience is terrible but also fascinating; an extraordinary experience, an unthinkable osmosis between heaven and earth.

Of course, this provokes total shock.  Their silence is not only imposed but comes naturally, because in certain situations, we remain speechless.   The Jews had never thought much about life after death and the thought of resurrection, although it was already circulating at that time, still was regarded as esoteric, above all among fishermen.    It was the realm of scholars, of thinkers.  Instead, Jesus tosses it out and forces them to think about it.  But what is He saying?  Where does resurrection fit in here?  Were Elijah and Moses resurrected?  Who rises to appear and then disappear again?  Their thoughts take the place of words.  Silence hides the doubt that their friend Jesus is always trustworthy.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will picture Jesus in His glory on Mount Tabor and I will renew my belief in His and my resurrection.

Lord, we too, witnesses of Your resurrection, ask ourselves what resurrection means.  Help us to not lose ourselves in detailed folklore, but allow us to arrive at its authentic meaning that gives sense to our living today and after death.

The Voice of Fedor Dostoevsky, author of the Brothers Karamazov

Karamàzov!” shouted Kòlja.  Is what religion says true, that we will rise from the dead, and returned to life, we will see all things new, even Iljùscenka?”  “We will certainly rise and we will see each other, and we will joyfully tell each other all that happened”, responded Aljòscia, half way between a smile and enthusiasm.  “Oh, how lovely it will be”, uttered Kòlja.


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