“There in their presence he was transfigured.”

Mark 9:3 

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Mark 9:2-8

The transfiguration happens amid challenges in Jesus’ ministry, and shortly before the passion. Jesus may have been struggling at this point with his sense of mission and fears about the future. It was also just after the disciples had been rattled by what Jesus had said predicting his death.

We also find ourselves in a difficult time, with all the fears and struggles of living through a pandemic. Like the disciples, our faith may have taken a knock. We may wonder where God has been or be doubting the meaning and purpose of our lives. Where is God? Will we ever get to the other side of this? We may be grieving the loss of loved ones or a way of working that is no longer possible for us.  

For Jesus, and those who were with him, the experience of the transfiguration was a rare and life-transforming moment. They could never forget what they had seen and felt on that mountain. It was an experience of such power and significance that it was indelibly imprinted on their memories.

Especially at this time, it may help us think back on our own lives. Are there any transfiguration moments that we can recall – when we had a powerful experience of God’s closeness, our identity and mission? It might be a moment we experienced in prayer or an event that stands out for us – the birth of a child or making of a commitment. Perhaps simply an “out of the blue” deep conviction of being loved and chosen by God.

Let us reflect,

Go back in memory to that moment of consolation. Using your senses enter into it again. See what you saw; hear what you heard; recall what you felt and knew at that moment.

Take time to speak with the Lord about that experience. Tell him what message it holds for you now. Listen to what he has to say to you in response.

 
Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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