O Jesus, take me up the mountain with you.
Picture Jesus transfigured in glory with his three apostles.
Peter has just proclaimed (by faith) that Jesus is the Messiah. Now, these three apostles experience Jesus as the Messiah. Also, the Father says that Jesus is his “Beloved Son,” the same title given at Jesus’ Baptism. Elijah and Moses appear. They, too, share in Jesus’ fullness. All of these religious experiences confirm that Jesus is the Messiah.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The three apostles had no idea where Jesus was taking them. They just followed him in faith.
- Upon arriving, they had the greatest possible religious experience. They saw Jesus in his glory.
- Even more, Moses and Elijah speak with Jesus about his future death in Jerusalem.
- Peter experiences overwhelming joy. He wants to erect three tents and stay there.
- The Father enters the scene with a clear message. Jesus is his Son and they must listen.
- The holiness and power of God overwhelm them.
- Fortunately, when all is over, Jesus remains with them.
- The gift remains locked in their hearts until after Jesus rises from the dead.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, every morning I will ascend the mountain of prayer.
- I will meet you, Jesus. I will see your glory and you will claim my heart.
- You are the center of all history. You are the whole purpose of my life.
- The Father speaks. I hear his words. He tells me who you are.
- O Jesus, I will listen only to you.
- Your glory fills me with a fear. Let me never be separated from you.
- O Jesus, stay with me.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will be faithful to daily mental prayer.
+ I will remain with Jesus, never walking away from him.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
While he was praying, his face was changed in appearance.