Second Sunday of Lent

A painting showing Jesus surrounded by white and the three disciples to one side shielding their eyes

Daily Offering

Holy Spirit, you fill me with joy today. Help me to share that joy with the people I meet.   Stephen Noon SJ

Entering into Prayer

This is only possible if you have somewhere you can walk right now.

If you are in a church building, is it possible to slowly walk around it without disturbing others? If so, do so. Walk slowly with awareness of whatever comes to you: the surroundings, thoughts, feelings, how your body is. If you are outside, do similarly. It usually helps to walk more slowly than usual and to pay attention to what is around you.

Today's Scripture (Luke 9: 28-36)

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appear- ance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Food for Thought

The Transfiguration happens after Jesus speaks about what will happen to him on the cross and Peter’s refusal to accept Jesus’ warning.The sight of Jesus in his glory encourages the disciples to persevere with what will happen next. Jesus’ physical appearance changes, his clothes become bright, which points towards the resurrection, and coupled with the warning beforehand, Jesus indicates that they will have to go through great strife before receiving abundant glory. While Peter suggests making tents so they may dwell there longer, the voice from the cloud tells them all to listen to Jesus. Indicating that Jesus is their teacher, they are to learn from him and he will support them.

Suggestions for Prayer

Jesus prays beforehand, in this passage. He does this on only a few occasions in the Gospels, particularly before his arrest in the garden.Think about your prayer life.When do you do it? What prayers work best for you? What makes you unwilling or uneasy to pray? What times can you think of where prayer has really helped you? After Jesus warns them of the bad days ahead, they are reassured about who he really is.What things worry about the future? Think about why they worry you and tell God about them. What can you do to prepare for whatever comes next in your life? Go back and think about everything you learned from the readings and prayers over last week. What did you learn and took away from them, about you, your relationship with God and other people? What would you like to thank God for? What else do you need from God.Tell God about it.. Jesus not only appeared in all his glory, showing his transcendent nature, he is also someone who was deeply human, relational and personally knows you. How does knowing Jesus’ transcendent nature and his personal nature make you feel? What would you like to tell him?

How are you going to respond today?

Look back over the previous week as if you are rewinding a film. Notice how you have changed over that time.Thank God for what you have received and think about what you need from God to help you for the rest of the retreat.

Image for the Day

A painting showing Jesus surrounded by white and the three disciples to one side shielding their eyes

  • What does this image say to you? 
  • How do you think it felt to be one of the disciples on that day?
  • How do you think the disciples reacted?

Examen (review of prayer)

Feel free to try an examen from our website or use any of the examens already used. When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, or at the end of your day, talk to God about what has come up for you, what went well and what didn’t. End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father. 

Going Deeper

Reflect on the Transfiguration

Mark's account of the Transfiguration 

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