Intention: For a spirit of compassion and generosity among all who are able to share what they have with others, especially with those who are most in need.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 9:28b-36
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
A Lenten Reflection
Today’s Gospel speaks of an especially intense and revelatory experience of divine presence. The Transfiguration shows how the power and glory of God was present not only in the person of Jesus but also as the person of Jesus. It affirms the Incarnation as the consubstantial meeting of God and humanity within the human condition. Equally important, the narrative also suggests in its setting that God is inviting all people to see and know his presence not just as a miraculous event, but as an ongoing reality. For today’s Lasallians, this narrative also can be viewed as a window into an understanding of their educational mission.
Since its founding, recalling God’s presence has been a centerpiece of Lasallian apostolic spirituality. De La Salle made sure that the defining directive for educational ministry always would be to place both teaching and learning within the context of God’s providence and will. He realized that because the end of human experience is that all people come to know God and experience redemption in him, then education authentically done is a saving act and schools authentically conducted are places of salvation.
In Grace for the Moment, author Max Lucado writes, “We are always in the presence of God. There is never a non-sacred moment!” The Lasallian mantra, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God,” serves not only to remind us of this truth, but also to name what is the essential goal and activity of the Lasallian mission. To acknowledge and live our all-encompassing relationship with God is to learn the lesson that gives all other learning its character and purpose. As this Lent continues, we might look at the ways that we regularly and reflectively recall God’s presence, and then discern how best to be its sign to our world.
Eternal Father, wherever lives are being healed and the world is being made whole, your Kingdom is present. Cleanse our minds and purify our hearts so that we will see and hear the miracles that surround us. Still our busy moments that we might notice you and, in that peace, find the seeds of your Kingdom within ourselves and within each other. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.