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Second Sunday of Lent, 2016

Kathy Chadwick

Kathy Chadwick, an Associate in Florida, focuses on Peter’s response to the Transfiguration of Jesus and how we can relate that to our lives.

Imagine the confusion, terror, excitement and fear that Peter, James and John experienced at the Transfiguration of Jesus. They were privileged to see Jesus in the fullness of His divinity. We don’t know how James and John reacted, but impetuous Peter immediately thinks about how he can improve on it! As he tells Jesus about his plan to build three tents for Jesus and the prophets, Jesus must have been shaking his head and thinking, “will you ever get it Peter? It’s not all about you.”

It is only when God speaks to them from the cloud that they fall prostrate in awe. Jesus comforts them, calming their fears, giving them encouragement, something to hold on to when the hard times come.

The disciples were told not to tell anyone of the vision, but the experience had transformed them so that they didn’t need to speak of it, the Spirit emanated from them. We might be too quick to judge Peter. How many times have I, after receiving the miracle of the Eucharist, been distracted by what a fellow parishioner is wearing! My faith should prompt me to fall down in awe!

Like Peter, we need to slow down and listen. Listening takes patience. We have to shut out the clamor, chatter and noise of the world around us so that we can bring Jesus’ message to a waiting, wanting and wounded world. Jesus didn’t choose Peter because he was perfect but because he had potential. There is hope for me yet!

Let us use this season of Lent to find time to be quiet and open to the whispering of the Holy Spirit.

Enjoy the journey! 


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