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When they were fully awake, they saw His glory.

In Luke’s gospel today, Jesus selects Peter, James, and John and invites them to a mountaintop to pray. For many months, Jesus has been attempting to prepare His followers for the last phase of His mission. It is time for Him to go up to Jerusalem. His “hour” is about to come. However, His followers do not “get it.” They have been following Jesus like sleepwalkers.

While Jesus was praying, sleep overcame the tired apostles, until they were dazzled awake by the transfigured sight of Jesus and the mysterious voice of God instructing them to listen to my chosen son....When they were fully awake, they saw His glory.

During this second week of Lent, let us remind ourselves that we miss so much when our minds are asleep. During this second week of Lent, we acknowledge that minds fall asleep through prejudice, shutting out people, ideas, and actions. Sometimes we fall asleep through mental laziness, when we refuse to face questions and doubts. We fall asleep through love of ease. Comfort becomes a defense mechanism in avoiding the self-examination that is an important part of Christian life.

We will see the glory of God revealed at Easter, only if we are awake. Only when we are fully awake and listening to Him.

Father Ricardo