Reflection from Fr. Taylor: February 21, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Lent

Genesis 15:5-12,17-21      Philippians 3:17-4:1      Luke 9:28-36     

The late Dr. Martin Luther King is often quoted for his statement “I have been to the mountain top.”

Many of us in life have had experiences where we get insight into our life, what it is about and where we can go. It could happen at work, on a special retreat, at home with family or during a prayer experience. These special events in our life could be looked at as mountain top experiences.

Peter, James, and John had such an experience when they were on the mountain with Jesus. They could see with real clarity just who Jesus really is. As they saw Him in this moment they would also see Him during Passion Week. A voice came from Heaven saying “this is my son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” They recalled this later and knew that it was from the Lord on the mountain. In reality Jesus gave His friends a glimpse of this glory to help them through the most difficult times He knew that they would face ahead.

He still does this for us. We look at peak moments in our own life when God seems close. We know that this is not of our own doing, but of the Lord’s. Indeed sometimes these moments can come into our lives when we are very busy being involved in the lives of other people or struggling on behalf of justice and decency for others. We have to remember that these great moments are a blessing, but they are out of the ordinary. Peter, James, and John, as much as they would have liked to stay on the mountain had to go down into the real world.

What are we doing with our mountain top experiences?






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