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As we enter the 2nd full week of Lent, it is a great time to take stock in how we are doing in growing our faith and relationship with Christ.
Have you maintained your desired goals whether it be sacrifice or adding to your spiritual life?
Transfiguration of Christ
In today’s Gospel, we hear Mark’s account of Christ’s Transfiguration on the mountaintop. (MK 9:2-10)
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.
In his homily today, our church’s deacon highlighted what 3 significant revelations occured prior to the Transfiguration as well as the main reason for why Christ & God did it.
Peter proclaims Christ as the Messiah
Jesus tells his disciples about his Passion
Jesus tells his followers about the conditions of discipleship (deny yourself & take up my cross)
And the main reason for the Transfiguration was to strengthen Peter, James and John’s faith with a glimpse of Christ’s Glory in Heaven. Additionally, there is God’s pronouncement of Christ as his son with the instruction to “Listen to him.” This was all done to serve as a great encouragement during their own trials.
Tranfiguration of Us
Like the disciples, we can seek to desire the amazing light and grace which emanates from the transfigured Christ.
To do this means having to let go and step out of our comfort zone to allow God to work on our hearts.
40 Days of Seeking Him Sampler
If you have been reading the blog for a while, then you might recall that this link up started in 2011 as a daily one. I didn’t always participate in the link up, but have made an effort to do it as often as possible. We switched to a weekly link up format which means at least one anchor post per week here.
I decided to pull together a ‘sampler’ as a free ebook to subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, just open up a recent weekly newsletter and click over to the appropriate “subscriber only” page.
If you are not currently a subscriber, you can get your copy when you sign up.
40 Days of Seeking Him Week 2 Link Up
The linky will be up each week so you can add in posts daily, weekly, or whenever you are able.
The posts can be about anything related to Lent and preparations for Easter. This includes crafts, food, devotions, music or reflections.
I hope that my readers will join us on the journey through Lent as we seek to grow closer to Christ. Christian bloggers are welcome to join us in the weekly link up with posts that they are writing to showcase activities or reflections taken during this Lenten journey.
We are expanding the platform for this meme to include a 40 Days of Seeking Him Pinterest board for submitted posts and a Facebook group. I hope that you’ll check out the Pinterest board and join us on Facebook, too, as we seek to grow closer to Christ.