Jesus bring his disciples away from the noise and bustle of the Market Place and takes them up
the mountain. This is not unusual in itself. We know from the Gospels that Jesus himself, often
went to the top of the mountain to pray on his own. While they are on the mountain something
very strange happens, Jesus is changed in a very dramatic way, he is transformed beyond all
recognition. His face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Imagine the
surprise and shock of those who were with Jesus.
As we continue on our Lenten journey and Jesus continues his own journey towards Jerusalem.
He knows what he is facing. He will be betrayed, denied, condemned and crucified. Perhaps he
feels and senses the disciples fear and anxiety and so wants to reassure them. So he gives them
a glimpse of the shape of things to come.
He is revealed to them in all his glory. Maybe this glimpse of Jesus in all his glory is also meant for
us today.We too can experience fear and doubt. As Paul tells in his letter to the Roman, ‘If we
have become one with him in his dying, as he did, in the same we shall be one with him by being
raised to life as he was.’ This is the hope in which we are asked, to have faith as we make our
way through Lent. When we are tempted to give up and give in, let us look to Jesus, changed and
transformed. May we see in him the future that is promised to us, not only at Easter, but in the
fullness of God’s Kingdom. As we continue through Lent, let us do what the voice of God says,
‘This is my Son, listen to him’.