SUNDAY REFLECTION - Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mark 9:2   Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

Mark 9:9   As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.

The Transfiguration was one of those special spiritual experiences that are well nigh impossible to describe in words. Jesus had a new and deeper insight into his relationship with his heavenly Father, one that would sustain him through what lay ahead of him. Have there been moments when you have been more than usually aware of God’s love for you. How has this sustained you in difficult times?
2. It can be both scary and wonderful to witness transformation in another, especially a person who is close. At times parents get a taste of this when a child’s talent blossoms and is recognised by the child. We may also experience it when a dear friend recognises s/he is in a blind alley and gives up an addiction.
3. It is the nature of peak experiences that they do not last. We have to come down from the mountain. Yet the memory of such experiences can sustain us in the routine of daily living, and in difficult times. Recall your own special moments, those experiences that sustain you in difficult times.
4. The disciples did not understand what was happening and kept questioning what it meant. It was only a long time later, after Jesus had risen, that they would understand. Have there been things that you understood only after a long period of time? Perhaps things have happened which you do not yet understand. How do you maintain trust in God in the face of unanswered questions?

John Byrne (INTERCOM)
Thought for the day
We live in a very noisy, busy world, a culture marked by constant distraction. Even at the ordinary level of relationship, attending to the other— really hearing him or her—is a challenge. It happens when we choose to make space, to shut out the other noises and graciously attend to each other. Something similar may be said of the life of the spirit. To listen to the Son happens when we choose it and, in a practical way, create spaces in our lives for such encounters.

Kieran O'Mahony -
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According to the evangelist, Jesus takes Peter, James and John alone with him up to a high mountain, and there he was transfigured before them. It would seem it was these three who, when he spoke to them about it, greatly resisted the idea that Jesus was destined to be painfully crucified. Peter even tried to get him to forget these absurd thoughts. James and john kept asking .him for the first places in the kingdom of the Messiah. It is precisely before them that Jesus is transfigured. They need it more than anyone.

God himself is going to correct them solemnly:
This is my beloved Son. He is not to be confused with anyone else. Listen to him, even when he speaks to you of the way of the cross which ends in resurrection.

And we must listen to his voice today, even when he tells us to carry the cross of these times. Success harms us Christians. We have been led to believe that it was possible to have a church, faithful to Jesus and his project of the kingdom of God, without opposition, without rejection, and without the cross Today we are far more likely to be faced with the possibility of living as crucified Christians. It will do us good. It will help us to regain our Christian identity.