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Every day, God makes his presence known to us in different ways. Some are more profound than others. It may be a simple act of kindness, the beauty that we see in nature, or an answered prayer. Oftentimes, we experience God’s grace when we are least expecting it.

In today’s gospel reading about the Transfiguration, Luke mentions that “Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him” (Luke 9:32). Many times, Jesus acts as a wake-up call to us when we need it most. 

The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed Peter, John, and James to experience His divine glory in a profound way, and it strengthened their faith.

Peter, James and John are given a revelation of who Jesus really is. We see quite clearly that Jesus is on a level with God himself. He’s not just a good teacher, he is God incarnate. So, as we begin this season of Lent, we are given a glimpse of who Jesus really is; resurrected, ascended, glorified; we must keep this reality in our minds as we journey towards Easter.

So let us be encouraged as we begin Lent, that the resurrected Christ is with us throughout our journey of life, whether we are in darkness, or whether we are on the mountain top, He journeys with us and is the only one we should listen to.

If we succeed in listening to him, the Lord in whom we put our trust and faith will transfigure our mortal bodies into the likeness of his glorified body.

God wants us to walk in His ways. God recognizes our weakness but expects us to put all of our trust in Him. The glory of the Lord awaits us.

Our task in this life is to put our faith in Him and to let Him transform us and draw us from our sinfulness into His own life. Lent is a special time to deepen our faith and walk in His ways. This journey of Lent is an invitation to become awake.

His glory is breaking in all around us, all the time. Do we have the eyes to see it? What is keeping you distracted? What is lulling you to sleep? Are you fully awake? So many of us are living in a season of life where we find ourselves tired and so prone to drifting off to sleep.

When God reveals himself to us in our daily lives, we are called to act as disciples and live out his message. We are called to open up our hearts to those who need it most, to lend a helping hand, and to be good neighbors.

For me, that may mean helping a friend, calling a friend I haven’t seen in a while to see how they’re doing, or volunteering to sponsor a needy child. When Jesus is seemingly not present in our lives, we are called to open up our eyes and seek him out.

As we make our way down the Transfiguration Mountain and begin this journey to the cross, which is the road to resurrection, may the glory of our Lord encourage us to hold on and trust in Him.