Second Sunday of Lent.

Second Sunday of Lent.

The transfiguration.

The second Sunday of Lent finds Jesus on the mountain praying. He involves his inner circle in the experience, and then comes the moment where we get a glimpse of the glory of God. We can find many emotions to connect with. The apostles are tired and sleepy, there is fear when they enter into the cloud. Afterwards there is a silence, a reticence to talk about the experience. But the Father speaks, and that is always significant. This week we are invited to listen to God’s Son, the Chosen One.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightening. (Luke 9:28-29)

  • Reflect on Jesus going to pray. What does that say to you?
  • How do you think the three apostles felt going with him?
  • Try to imagine what the transfigured Lord looked like.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about his glory?

 

Monday.

Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here, so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (Luke 9:32-33)

  • Can you think of another time Peter was heavy with sleep?
  • When have you said, ‘it is wonderful to be here’?
  • Have you like Peter wanted to stay longer in a happy place?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about staying with him?

 

Tuesday.

A cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him”. (Luke 9:34-35)

  • When have you been afraid, and how did you cope?
  • Have you ever felt that a cloud had come over you?
  • How do you listen to the Chosen One?
  • Listen to the Lord speak to your heart.

 

Wednesday.

My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us. (Philippians 3:17)

  • Who are the people you model yourself on?
  • If someone were to study you what would they find?
  • How united do you feel to your community?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about your way of life?

 

Thursday.

So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. I miss you very much, dear friends; you are my joy and crown. (Philippians 4:1)

  • Have you ever been tempted to give up?
  • How do you remain faithful in the Lord?
  • Who are your dear friends? Give thanks for them.
  • Listen to the Lord who calls you his joy and crown.

 

Friday

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Hope in him, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord! (Psalm 26:13-14)

  • What are you sure of?
  • What does hope mean to you?
  • Over what do you need to take heart?
  • Listen to the Lord who speaks to you of hope in him.

 

Saturday

Taking Abram outside the Lord said, ‘Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants; he told him. Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified. (Genesis 15:5-6)

  • Have you ever been awestruck gazing into the night sky?
  • Reflect on the fact that Abraham is your father in faith.
  • Make an act of faith in God’s love for you.
  • Listen to the Lord speak to your heart about his promises.
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