Second Sunday of Lent - Step 3 - Say a Simple "Yes" to Jesus
What happens in the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent , Mark 9:2-10, is shocking. The response of the apostles to Jesus’ transfiguration was terror and bewilderment. And rightly so.
In C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, Mr. Beaver describes the Christ-figure, Aslan the Lion, in these words to Susan: “Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?" said Mr Beaver. "Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”
We like to tame Jesus with images that make Him so approachable, so tame, so mild, it’s almost boring. I think we do that because we prefer a Jesus who doesn’t get in our business. Who stays in his place. Who doesn’t really challenge us.
We do religion like we do Facebook. Every interaction is under our control.
But Jesus doesn’t play by our rules. He liked to break through people’s comfort zones. He shocked people. He walked on water. He told dead people to get up….and they got up. He was transfigured before his apostles and they saw him with blinding light, and were “so terrified.”
When you pray to the One scripture calls “the Lion of Judah,” don’t hold back. He can handle it. Are you angry? Yell to God. Are you a mess? Give it to Him. Are you confused. Tell him. He can take it. He’s bigger than you.
And do you want to break through your preconceived notions about Jesus and get to know who he really is? Read the Gospels. “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Spend time diving into each Sunday’s Gospel with us as we do these reflections, but more…do it every day yourself! It only takes about 90 seconds to follow Jesus through Lent by reading the Gospel from Mass. The readings are available here.
I know…you’re not a monk. You’re busy. That’s why I’m only asking for 90 seconds. You’ll be amazed at how much that 90 seconds changes you.
Lent. It's what Jesus does.
Let's do it with him.