From the Word of the Day
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. (Luke 9: 28-29)
Lent has barely begun. We too feel ‘taken’ by Jesus and brought on the mountain. The climb is not easy, but the Teacher is with us. He does not leave us alone or abandon us. Sometimes, like the three Apostles, we cannot understand Him; we feel sleepy. But Jesus does not go alone. He is not a solitary hero. He wants to have us make a transfiguring experience. He wants us to enter into prayer with Him.
The evangelist writes that “while He was praying His face changed in appearance and His clothing became dazzling white”. The change in His face was so great that it was reflected even on His clothes. The prayer was especially intense on that day. The apostles were stunned and Peter makes a strange suggestion: he would like to remain on the mountain forever. In that marvelous event, there comes a cloud that envelops them and fills them with fear. Only Jesus saves them from His presence of light. This is the way it always happens with us. In difficult times, in doubt, in suffering, Jesus can transfigure us. Contemplating how good the Lord goes beyond any limit.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to transfigure me with the radiance of His light.
Lord Jesus, Teacher, Way, Truth, and Life, walk with me; teach me to enter into Your prayer and to follow the road of each day carrying the splendor of Your face in my eyes.
The Voice of J. Vuaillat, Spiritual Author
The face of God that my obscurity desires; the face of God, who can tell me?…The face of God could only be told to me by a saint in the smile of his last good-bye.