Second Sunday of Lent: Transfigured In Him

 

Have Faith In Me. I repeat the lines to myself as a reminder to keep trusting in Jesus as he resides in me. The weeks have thus far been challenging and I have been praying that things go well and at least I have some space to breathe. Keep trusting and following because Jesus is the light and that I will find him, whenever I feel down or lost for he is always near me, like the pulse beating in my heart.

The gospel begins by saying,“Jesus took Peter, James, and John  and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,  and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.

Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;  from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves,  questioning what rising from the dead meant (Mark 9:2-10).”

The concept of self-care has been floating at the back of my head that I find it difficult to find time for myself because there are always tasks for me to do, and this and that deadline to adhere to. I am still trying my best to find that high mountain to find peace within myself and to catch up on both physical and spiritual rest.

Being alone this Lent will be a challenge but I suppose that some paths are meant to be walked alone. Prayer and faith will sustain me as I trudge through week after week. Let us make a place for Jesus in our hearts this Lenten season so that we can be reconciled with ourselves and others through the mercy and grace of God.

The transfiguration sheds light on the purity that we should strive for to attain the rewards of heaven and for eternal salvation. For, we should continue to share the good news with one another that there is hope in Jesus and that we should follow Jesus to follow the voice that guides us in the wilderness.

May we rise with Jesus this period of Lent to die to ourselves and renounce sin and temptation. Even if we fail, we should continue to ask for forgiveness and repent, and every effort goes a long way to seek the path of righteousness.

I would like to close this sharing with a song called,”May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You” It has become one of the songs that I go to when I encounter any challenges far too great for me to overcome, and I will pray that God be with me and that he will keep me all the days of my life. Let us keep one another in prayer and pray for each other because no matter what you are going through, you are not alone because you matter. God Bless!

“May the good Lord bless and keep you
Whether near or far away
May you find that long awaited
Golden day today

May your troubles all be small ones
And your fortunes ten times ten
May the good Lord bless and keep you
Till we meet again

May you walk with sunlight shining
And a bluebird in every tree
May there be a silver lining
Back on every cloud you see

Fill your dreams with sweet tomorrows
Never mind what might have been
May the good Lord bless and keep you
Till we meet again”

Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong

 

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