Gospel LK 9:28B-36
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.
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Amen
“Listen to Him.” From the cloud that overshadowed them all, was a voice that said: “This is my chosen Son, Listen to Him.” These words from the Father are very important, why does He say; “Listen to Him?” Let us remember that Jesus took Peter, James and John up the mountain for the very specific intention of ‘praying.’ Jesus brought these three disciples with Him to pray. He wanted to teach them to pray. He wanted to teach them also how comforting it is for Him to have them close to Him in prayer, to have them right there with Him. The passage says that they had fallen asleep, but they must have been awake at least for awhile with Him in prayer. If they noticed that His face was different and has changed, it must have been because they were watching His face earlier when He was praying and something was different now. What a treasured place to be, with Jesus on the mountain, away from everything else, watching Him pray. The disciples must have felt themselves a part of that prayer to the Father. They must have loved to watch Jesus pray-and wanted to learn how to commune with the Father as Jesus did. Watch Jesus with them- Look at Jesus. His heart in prayer.
We can listen with our ears and we can listen with our hearts. Here in this Gospel our Father in heaven is teaching us how to listen to Jesus. To listen both with our ears to His Word, but to also ‘listen with our hearts’ to His heart. We are part of His prayer to the Father. We are in His prayer to the Father. What a beautiful place to remain. Let us “Listen to Him.”
In this Holy time of Lent, come close to Jesus, He is inviting you-He longs for you, He Thirsts to be in relationship with you. He Thirsts to draw you into relationship with the Father. Let Him take you, let Him draw you close to Father, by closing your ears to the world and opening your heart to Him. He will do the rest.
Aspiration: Jesus, silent in my soul, I love you, draw me closer to you Lord and teach me to pray as you taught your disciples. Amen.