Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Little Something Extra...Second Sunday of Lent

Praying the Gospel – The Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36 

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray. 

Jesus, take us with You to a private, quiet place where we can be still in Your presence and pray.

While He was praying His face changed in appearance
and His clothing became dazzling white. 

Jesus, You gave Peter, John, and James a glimpse of Your divinity; may we worship You always. 

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. 

Jesus, open our minds to the Scriptures. Help us to see how the Law and the Prophets foreshadow You and how they help us understand the mysteries of Your great love. 

Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, 
but becoming fully awake, 

Jesus, wake us up spiritually that we may be fully conscious when we worship You, pray to You, receive the sacraments, and read the Holy Scriptures.

they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. 

Jesus, show us Your glory. 

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.” 

Jesus, sometimes we want to stay right where we are in our relationship with You, especially if we feel like things are going well, but teach us, Lord, that we must always keep growing in intimacy with You that we may reach ever-higher levels in our journey toward Heaven.

But he did not know what he was saying. 

Jesus, give us the words we need to express our love for You. 

While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. 

Jesus, when we enter into Your presence, may be bow down in awe at Your splendor. When we receive You in the Holy Eucharist and You enter into us, may we be reverent, devout, and amazed by Your great love. 

Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is My chosen Son; listen to Him.” 

Jesus, open our ears, our hearts, our minds, and our souls that we may listen to You. 

After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. 

Jesus, it is wonderful to be alone with You; may we value those times of rest.

They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen. 

Jesus, Your disciples said nothing about Your transfiguration at the time, but give us the grace today to witness to You in every situation. Amen.

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