He may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; rooted and grounded in love. -- Eph. 3:16, 17
Transfiguration: A Time for Change
Second Sunday of Lent
Reflection based on:
Mark 9: 2-10
Transfigured on Mount Tabor, Jesus wanted to show His Disciples His Glory. This story of Jesus' Transfiguration prompted me to ask myself a couple of very important questions: Does my experience at Mass, while in prayer and listening to the Word of God proclaimed, include me being influenced by Jesus and Transformed?
Does it include the promise that I can hear from heaven like Peter, James, and John did and be changed by what I hear? I may not know exactly what it feels like when the Lord is speaking to me, but there are a few signs I can be on the lookout for. It may be a great sense of presence, happiness, peace, or joy...especially after receiving the Eucharist.
Another sign I have personally experienced has been a desire in my heart to worship and praise Jesus. I thank Him for His love and gifts and for the many times He has answered my prayers. On occasion, I have felt moved to show greater love for my family and friends, or a growing desire to serve the Lord, whether in the parish or in the community.
A few times, especially during Lent, I have reflected and asked myself, if I notice the holiness in others around me, or some of the stories of the Saints, will that help me change my behavior? I have learned not to discount these feelings! Jesus works in many ways, there is always hope, and trust, and the more I respond to Him, the more confident I am that I will be Transformed in His love.