Prayer before reading:
Open the eyes of my soul
And the ears of my heart
To hear. Amen
Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.
This week we are invited to be in retreat – in a place apart on a high mountain
in the Mount Herman range, north of the Sea of Galilee. Peter, James, and John are here, with Jesus. (Mark 9:2-9)
Take a few minutes to settle yourself into this quiet place
on the mountain
Jesus draws apart a little way, and turns to Abba in prayer. (Luke 7:28)
Turn your attention to God in prayer now.
As we wait and watch, along with the disciples, we see Jesus transfigured before us: his face changes, and his clothes shine with a dazzling whiteness. Quite suddenly two men appear and begin talking with Jesus. As we listen we realize they are Elijah and Moses, talking with Jesus about his death, and what he will accomplish in Jerusalem.
Immediately Peter speaks up: “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Later Peter will admit to us that he was terrified, and really did not know what to say)
What responses to you find welling up within yourself as you
realize that retreat brings you into the presence of God? Just God and you?
Simon reacts by planning a building program: doing something, moving into action can be a way of avoidance.
God knows our fears, our reactions to being alone with God. God overshadows these disciples and us with a cloud. We can no longer see Jesus, the shining of his transfiguration, or his two visitors. But we can hear. And God speaks: “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” God becomes the retreat leader and offers us spiritual guidance.
The cloud now lifts, and as we look around, we see Jesus.
No matter how humdrum or how ecstatic our retreat and spiritual experiences may be, God guides us always into listening, to fixing our attention on Jesus:
This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
In what way is God inviting you to listen to Jesus?
This same Jesus companions us in the presence of the Spirit of God as we leave this quiet space, and return to the life and work of the day – with a reminder from God to keep listening to the One who is with us.
Prayer before reading:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us.
You are God
Showing up among us
By your Spirit
Help me to see you
To know your voice
Among the many voices
To hear you
As you see and hear the deepest
Desires of my soul.
- 2/13 Monday: Mark 9:2-9
- 2/14 Tuesday: Mark 9:2-9
- 2/15 Wednesday: Psalm 50:1-6
- 2/16 Thursday: 2 Kings 2:1-14
- 2/17 Friday: 2 Corinithians 4:3-6
- 2/18 Saturday: Mark 9:1-9
- 2/19 Sunday: Mark 9:2-9