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.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
"Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is my chosen Son; listen to him."
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.
When reading today’s Gospel, these lines stood out to me: “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw [Christ’s] glory and the two men standing with him.” As a mother of two young children and working full time, many days I find myself rushing from one task to another struggling to keep up at work and home with all the many to-do lists. After work, I’m consumed with household chores, and it isn’t until I’m rocking one of my babies to sleep that I finally pause to take in the beauty of the day. As I soak up the precious moments I have with my little ones, I, like Peter, James, and John, see the transfigured Christ—I see how Christ has worked through my day and my life to bring love and joy into every aspect of it. However, also like Peter and his companions, I’m not always fully awake to see Jesus in His glory all the time. This Lenten season I hope to pause more often to see Jesus dazzling all around me in my daily routine. I hope to stop in the busyness of life to listen to Him—to allow myself to be transfigured by Christ’s presence daily. I hope this Lenten season is an opportunity for us to witness more of Christ’s love in our lives.
CBHS Director of Mission and Ministry