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Scripture reflections: "Listen to Him!"

 |  31 July 2017

Lectionary Readings

First reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Psalm: Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 9

Second reading: 2 Peter 1:16-19

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

Link to readings.

Introduction

On this feast of the Transfiguration, we are invited to step aside from the busyness of our daily life so that God can make himself known to us. As we listen to God, through Scripture and by being fully present to our daily experiences, our lives will be transformed.

In the Gospel, Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain and reveals himself as the Universal Christ. He is transfigured as they look on. Although he counsels his disciples not to tell anyone what they saw, it is through following Christ that his followers are transformed with the same power and light.

The prophet Daniel in the First Reading describes a vision of the same eternal Universal Christ being shown to the nations by God in all his glory.

A similar vision of Christ’s kingship and sovereignty of all the earth is proclaimed throughout today’s Psalm.

Peter tells us to listen to the teachings of prophets like Daniel who foretold the coming of Christ. He would be like a light for our lives, guiding us through darkness (Second Reading).

We are called to listen to Christ and to deepen our relationship with him. Are there people who need you to reveal God’s transforming love to them? Let us pray for them and for ourselves, that we may all be drawn deeper into the wonder of that love.

Second Reading

2 Peter 1:16-19

I come to my place of prayer and take the time to become still before my loving God.

I ask God to help me understand the truth that the writer of this letter wants me to hear.

I read the letter as if it were written to me and the Christian community to which I belong. I read the text slowly and with purposeful attention, pausing to allow the words to take root in my mind.

Who are the prophetic people who have revealed God’s power and loving presence to me in my life?

Perhaps there are places where I have felt especially close to the wonder and majesty of God?

What are the passages of scripture that are like a lamp for my life, bringing me light and showing me the way?

In silence, I ponder all these things.

When I am ready, I talk to God as I would to a close friend about all that comes to me in my prayer.

I finish my prayer with my own words of gratitude and make a slow, prayerful sign of the cross.

Gospel

Matthew 17: 1–9

If it helps and if I am able, I go to a quiet place somewhere outside, where I can be alone before God.

I imagine Jesus inviting me to come with him to my place of prayer. I read the Gospel slowly, and then I allow myself to be drawn more deeply into the story.

When I read about the Transfiguration, perhaps I imagine that I am one of the disciples … or I watch from a distance as the scene unfolds before me.

What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel?

How do I respond when I see Jesus transformed with light like the sun?  God is inviting me to listen to his Beloved Son.

What does Jesus want to say to me in my prayer today? I listen ... If I feel fear, as did the disciples, how do I want to respond when I hear Jesus tell me to stand up and let go of my fear?

As I finish my prayer, I let Jesus come with me into the rest of my day, and with him, I say “Our Father ...”

 

Reflections based on Prego by St Bueno's Outreach in Diocese of Wrexham

 

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