Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’
This weekend is Saturday the 7 and Sunday the 8 March, beginning the second week of Lent.
The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing Assumpsit Jesus: ‘Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, and he was transfigured in front of them.’
This weekend’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.
This weekend’s reading from St Matthew’s Gospel is the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter, James and John witness their friend and teacher revealed to them as God’s Son. It’s an extraordinary and incredible vision of the glory of God. It’s a special and overwhelming moment of revelation and encouragement, that shows who Jesus really is. Stay with this and imagine yourself alongside the disciples on the high mountain. What do you see? Who is with you? How are you feeling?
Suddenly a voice speaks. It’s the voice of God. What does it sound like? How do you know it’s God? How do you react? What do you do next?
As you come down the mountain which part of this experience will remain with you? What will you never forget? God says, ‘This is my son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased’. The words are for Jesus, but they are directed at you too. How does it make you feel to know that you are God’s ‘Beloved’ child?
As you listen again to the reading, take time to recall any overwhelming experience of God that you may have had in the past, or ask Jesus to reveal himself to you in a way you will never forget.
‘Listen to him!’ Jesus is the Word. The Word of God who speaks words of love and life to you. Take some moments now to sit quietly and respond to God as one friend speaks to another...