Today we celebrate the Transfiguration, this year we are hearing Mark’s Gospel account of this event. As is so often the case, every time we encounter the Scriptures, different things may strike us. I kept returning to these words from the second reading, from Peter. These words follow the reminder that God has spoken of his beloved Son.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
Peter reminds us that we should be attentive. However, for me, what may be one of the most alluringly contemplative lines in all of Scripture immediately follows:
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
I hear those words about the morning star rising in our hearts and I am simply stilled. If I am that still, how can I not be listening to God’s beloved Son and our Savior?
This is as good a way to start a week as any – being still, as the morning star rises in my heart. That also reminds me of what I swore I would do after hearing Sunday’s readings – to stop grumbling. Which I can only do if I listen and am attentive. Let’s see how that goes this week.