First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4
Psalm 32: Lord let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
As we move further into Lent together, today's opening prayer encourages us to ask for greater integrity, to seek wholeness. We are called to change. It focuses on the gift of sight, reminding us that we often don’t ‘see’ very well; in fact sometimes we are blind to God’s action in our lives.
I wonder how these words apply to me. I become still and take time to reflect.
I seek the presence of my God who is ever faithful.
When I look within myself, do I see only what I want to see? When I pray, do I listen to God’s word within me?
Is it only the other people in my life who need a change of heart?
I turn to God, I look at the one who knows and loves me, the one who judges me with integrity, I stay with him for a while, spending time as I would with a good friend.
Help me, Lord, to look at my life through your eyes and give me the grace I need to grow in love.
'May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.'
I settle down to pray, maybe in my favourite chair or wherever I find myself able to be quiet for a few moments.
I read each line of the psalm perhaps under my breath, pausing and reflecting where I feel drawn to do so.
I allow the Lord to look on me. I spend some time feeling his gaze on me and reflecting on his love for all.
I ask the Lord to help me recognise the times when he faithfully shielded me and helped me. I speak to Him in gratitude about those times.
If the circumstances allow, I conclude my prayer by saying quietly the last stanza of the psalm and meditating especially on the words ‘our’ ‘us’ and ‘we’ as directed at myself.
I make a slow sign of the cross, mindful of its significance especially during this Lenten period.
Matthew 17: 1 - 9
'This is my Son, the Beloved, he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.'
I try to approach this Gospel scene as if for the first time. I slowly read Matthew’s account of this extraordinary and very private meeting between Jesus and three of his disciples.
In my imagination I also climb the mountain, in order to reach a place of intimacy with Jesus. I stand on the edge of the scene wondering why Jesus has brought me to this place. I see Jesus’ appearance dramatically changing, his face, his clothes. I am aware of the brightness all around me. Moses and Elijah are there talking with Jesus. Peter is excited and wants to stay . How am I feeling at this moment? Do I want to stay or go? I see the light changing and I hear a voice speaking from the cloud. I listen intently to what is said. The disciples are afraid. What impact does the revelation from the cloud have on me? I feel the touch of Jesus’ hand, I hear his consoling words.
I stay alone with Jesus for a while. I speak to him in words or in the silence of my heart. When I feel ready I leave this ‘mountain’ he has drawn me to.
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Reflections from www.pathwaystogod.org from the Jesuits in Britain.