Weekly Preaching

‘It Is Good for Us to Be Here’

February 28, 2021

Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 
Romans 8:31-34 
Mark 9: 2-10 


Sister Christa Cunningham, OP
Christa Cunningham, OP

In the Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain. He was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, and Moses and Elijah were there conversing with him. Peter said, “Master it is good that we are here,” and he offered to build three tents for Jesus and his visitors. Peter wanted to stay on the mountaintop, where they would be safe from what the future would bring.

Looking around they saw no one with them but Jesus. The voice in the cloud asked them to listen to Jesus. The apostles need to hear there is no easy road to glory, not for Jesus, not for his apostles, nor for us who follow him today. It would be easier to not have to come down from the mountain and go through the dark valley, where we experience grief, sickness, difficult or broken relationships, the need to work for justice, and make efforts to heal a pandemic. But, like Jesus, who had to embrace a garden of agony and the cross, we need to be willing to pick up our cross and follow him. 

If we listen to Jesus in our prayer, there can be transfiguration moments when we commit ourselves to become aware of the divine goodness hidden in ourselves and others. This Lenten season may we see the spark of divinity within everyone we meet. 

Listening in prayer, we can say, “It is good for us to be here,” for we become aware of the presence of Jesus and the splendor of his unending love. It is in this way that we are transfigured. 

What do you want this Lent to transfigure in you? 

by Sister Christa Cunningham, OP