Journey into Freedom Day 37
Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly.
Setting: Imagine you are one of the disciples being taken up the high mountain by Jesus. Let these events unfold. How do you feel about them. What do they mean to you?
Matthew 17:13 HCSB
After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it’s good for us to be here! If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!
When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified.
Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.” When they looked up they saw no one except Him—Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”
So the disciples questioned Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” “Elijah is coming and will restore everything,” He replied. “But I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they didn’t recognise him. On the contrary, they did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.
Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.
A Thought for Today: Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergy or lay, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth. - John Wesley
Consolation—Spiritual Exercises 316/3
I call it consolation when a person is so moved to a great love of their Creator and Lord that nothing on earth is loved for its own sake but rather for the sake of the Creator.
I call consolation every increase of faith, hope, and love, and all interior joy that invites and attracts to what is of God and fills the souls with peace and quiet in its Creator and Lord.