Second Sunday of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
St. Ignatius Loyola encourages us to pray in a variety of ways to help us to get closer to God in order to be able to listen more carefully how God is guiding us. One of those ways is praying with our imagination.
For example, today’s Gospel tells of a mystical experience in which Jesus invites Peter, John and James to go up the mountain with him to pray with him. The men see a vision. They see Jesus’s face transform and his clothes become dazzling white. Then Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Jesus.
In my prayer, what if I use my imagination to put myself in the scene? Would I see myself as one of the three disciples? Would I be a bystander off in the distance? Can I hear what is said? Do they interact with me?
This time, in my prayer, I am myself, and I am standing next to John. The four of us had fallen asleep and the brightness woke us. As I stand next to John I notice that I am in awe at the presence of Moses and Elijah. My mouth is hanging open in amazement. Peter is talking excitedly to Jesus. I do not understand what Peter is saying. While Peter is still speaking and waving his arms, a cloud envelopes Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.
From the cloud comes a rich, deep sound. At first I think it is thunder, but soon realize it is a voice saying, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Jesus is now before us alone and I have crumpled to the ground, never taking my eyes off Jesus – not for one second.
This prayer experience for me is now, so often, part of my prayer. Every time I read the Gospels or hear them read, and Jesus speaks, I am nearby listening carefully – just as I was told in that prayer experience. Jesus speaks to each of us. Listen to him. Let him guide and bless you with each encounter.
May Lent bring you deep joy as you continue to develop your relationship with Jesus, our Lord!
Carol Boerding is the Campus Minister on the Medical Center: School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, and the School of Public Health. Her office is in SON 325. Stop by!