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.
Having a purpose in life—it makes all the difference.
Some of us know our life’s mission early on: We’re committed to a career, family, using our talents in a particular kind of service. Others may take many years to find their path in life. Lent is a time when we re-affirm our Christian mission, no matter what our individual vocations may be.
We hear stories this Sunday about “mission.” Abram is given his role as father of his people. On the mountain of the transfiguration, Jesus appears with two great figures from Hebrew religious history, and Luke tells us Jesus spoke with them of his “passage”—his “exodus” which was to come in Jerusalem. Luke undoubtedly wanted his Christian audience to reflect on their mission as well—to undergo the same “passage” from death to new life.
In our Christian communities this season, we’re preparing with those who will be baptized at Easter. Let’s reaffirm our own Christian commitment as we pray and fast with them. We take heart from God’s presence with us in the covenant relationship of that baptismal commitment.
What promise did God make to Abram concerning his children and descendants?
Abram was told to sacrifice some animals—a 3-year-old cow, a 3-year-old nanny goat, a 3-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon. So, what did Abram do?
Then the Lord made a covenant with Abram. What is a covenant? What did God promise?
In the second reading, St. Paul says, “Our citizenship is in heaven.” What is your citizenship? Do you know anyone who is not a citizen of the same country as you?
Paul tells the Philippians that the they should await a savior from heaven. Who is the savior that Paul is talking about?
Whom did Jesus take with him up the mountain in this week's Gospel? What did he plan to do on that mountain?
What happened while Jesus was praying on that mountain?
Does the Gospel say if Peter, James, and John fell asleep while Jesus was praying? What happened to Jesus?
What did the voice from the cloud say?
by Susan Hines-Brigger
In the Gospel, Peter suggested to Jesus that they build three tents. Gather together a bunch of blankets and have everyone make a tent. If you want, spend the night in that tent. If the weather permits, pitch a tent in your backyard or a local park.
Now that we're in the second week of Lent, take some time to discuss, as a family, how everyone is keeping up with his or her Lenten promises.