March 2

Luke 9:28-32

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” vs. 29

Jesus had invited the inner core of his disciples to join him on the mountain for prayer, but it appears they came more as observers than participants. The kind of meditation that Jesus practiced was intense and involved more than going through a list of friends and family that were having problems. When Jesus prayed it was like Moses on Mt. Sinai or Elijah in the wilderness…there may not have been any words, but as he prayed his whole body was touched by the Divine Presence. There was a vision, one that even the disciples could see. Moses and Elijah were there in their glory and were talking to Jesus. It was a precious connection for Jesus and a reminder that the boundaries of our existence are more porous that we imagine. Jesus had probably had moments like this before in his prayers, those times he went off by himself into the hills. That special communion with God had begun in his baptism and there’s no reason to think the intimacy stopped then. Neither is there any reason to believe that moments like these are limited to bible days. All who walk in the way of Jesus can expect that the Spirit of God will come close with transforming and transfiguring power in times of deep prayer and meditation. There’ll be direction and guidance and maybe even connections with those who have gone before!

Thought for the Day: What would transfiguration be like for me?

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