Lent II: Some thoughts for Reflection

Why did Jesus ask the disciples to tell no one about his Transfiguration? Is it because he knew that what Peter, James and John experienced would make a difference in their lives? That people would be drawn to them by the radiant glow coming from their inner being? Jim Forest once wrote that saints are pictured with halos, not just to point out holy people but to suggest the radiance which emanates from people living lives of love and forgiveness.
─Sister Jean Wolbert, OSB, excerpt from reflection on Luke 9: 28 – 36

In order to be capable of mercy, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God’s mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle.
─Pope Francis

The Transfiguration event happens within the context of prayer: Jesus was in communion with God . . . Jesus gave over complete control . . . Lent is an exercise in letting go of control . . . wonderful, powerful and inspiring things happen when we give up control . . .
─Fr. Jim Piszker, excerpt from homily, Second Sunday of Lent