Reflections - February 21, 2016

“About eight days after he said this, he 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.”  Lk. 9:28-29.
On this Second Sunday of Lent the Lord gives us a lesson for this time.  “Pray as I pray in difficult moments”.
Jesus invites his three disciples to the mountain, “to rise and to free them from extroversion to enter into an intimate relationship with God our Father”.
Jesus teaches his disciples and also teaches us that prayer to the Father is the way to understand what God wants of us.  In difficult moments “we must allow ourselves to be loved by God” to follow Jesus to the Cross, because to love the Father is to love Jesus.
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
During this Lenten time it is necessary to be attentive to the proposal of the Father who invites us to meet His Son to love Him and serve Him.
From where do we draw the spiritual energy to carry Jesus’ cross each day?   As Paul says:  “He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself”.  Phil. 3:21.
This Sunday’s Gospel says that after hearing the voice of the Father, Jesus was left alone.  Jesus received the consolation of His Father, God, but now must go to Jerusalem to suffer, to be in solidarity with pain, to be misunderstood and betrayed, and to give His life for all of us.  The power of prayer and trust in that good Father that never will leave Him will accompany Him.
Let us ask the Lord this Lent that the reading of His passion, the Eucharist, and prayer will help us to carry our daily cross being in solidarity with those who suffer because they are the face of Christ, the glory of He who was crucified.