Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 

Opening Prayer

Dearest Lord, You are the source of life, shining brighter than a thousand suns. Help us to be transformed by Your message, Your love, Your grace. Help us realize the mystery of transfiguration You call us to as we, Your beloved disciples, listen and gaze upon Your dazzling light. We ask this through Your name, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

(Sit in the stillness and prepare you heart to receive God's message.) 

 

Reading

Matthew 17:1-9 (Translation from The Message by Eugene Peterson) 

Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him. Peter broke in, “Master, this is a great moment! What would you think if I built three memorials here on the mountain—one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah?” While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” When the disciples heard it, they fell flat on their faces, scared to death. But Jesus came over and touched them. “Don’t be afraid.” When they opened their eyes and looked around all they saw was Jesus, only Jesus. Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t breathe a word of what you’ve seen. After the Son of Man is raised from the dead, you are free to talk.”

Reflection

Some questions to ponder during your prayer time.

How many times in your life have you been filled with awe at the presence of God? What message did God have for you during these moments?

Is Jesus/God ever the focus of your delight? What is said to you during these times?

How “high” or how “far” do you need to go to really listen to all God has to say to you?

 

Closing Prayer 

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.