This week is the Second week of Lent.
Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter. It is a time when Christians remember the events leading up to the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
Christians use this time to reflect on their relationship with God and others
Sunday 5th March Gospel - Matthew 17: 1-9
Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’
He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’
Is there a particular line or phrase in this Gospel that really stands out to you?
For me it’s when Peter says to Jesus: ‘It is wonderful for us to be here.’
Wherever you are in your faith this Lent, however near or far from God you may feel, know that Jesus is speaking these words over all of us. Wherever you are on your journey with God, he will always come to meet you, and he will be rejoicing that you are together.
It is good that you are here, just as you are.