Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36
About eight days after Jesus had said all this, he took Peter, John and James, and went up the mountain to pray.
And while he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed, and his clothing became dazzling white. Two men were talking with Jesus: Moses and Elijah. Appearing in the glory of heaven, Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus about his departure from this life, which was to take place in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had fallen asleep; but they awoke suddenly, and they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter—not knowing what to say— said to Jesus, “Master, how good it is for us to be here! Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” And no sooner had he spoken, than a cloud appeared and covered them; and the disciples were afraid as they entered the cloud.
Then these words came from the cloud, “This is my Son, my Beloved, listen to him.” And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was there alone.
The disciples kept this to themselves at the time, telling no one of anything they had seen.
READ: God promises Abraham a new homeland. For Christians, as St. Paulnotes, this true home land is heaven. On a mountain, Christ shares with his disciples a glimpse of that heavenly glory.
REFLECT: In the lives of most Christians there are moments when we experienced deep clarity and insight—in reading a meaningful text, in a pro- found conversation, in an experience of forgiveness or reconciliation. We may have wished to stay in that moment forever. But the moment passes and we return to ordinary life. How do we honor such moments, which disclose a deeper dimension of reality? How do we remain faithful to the truths they revealed?
PRAY: Dear Lord, lead us in faith to our true homeland, and give us signs, even on this journey, of the promised land that lies ahead.
ACT: Recall a time when you felt you were standing on holy ground. What did this experience reveal to you? How have you kept faith with the lessons you learned?
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