• Elpidio Pezzella

Praying On the Mountain

But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. (Luke 9:32 NKJV) Jesus led Peter, John and James to the mountain to pray with him, in an act that does not appear to be new. This time, however, something indecipherable happens to our mind. While Jesus prayed, Moses and Elijah appeared. Moses identifies the law; we know that he was buried by God but his burial place is not known, his body having never been found. Elijah is the prophet par excellence in Israel. Scripture declares that he was rapt by a chariot of fire and that, therefore, his body has not known burial. The three disciples, in addition to being placed in front of the vision of two figures from the past, were spectators of another extraordinary event, they saw the face of Jesus change and his garment become white and dazzling. In human words the evangelist tried to describe something out of our reach. The attempt, however, highlights our human limitations when dealing with the supernatural. The participation of men in flesh and blood and with all their fleshly limits would make one think of their total involvement, even if Luke is ruthless in telling us that the three were weighed down and overcome by sleep. Only when they were fully awake did they see the glory of God and the presence of the two men in the company of Jesus. The first truth that comes out is that in the sight of the law and the prophets Jesus came to be the fulfillment of it. The law of Moses and the announcement of the prophets found its fulfillment in the manifestation of the son of God. Jesus came to show the work of God to humanity, which founded the expectation on the law of Moses and on the texts of the prophets. Jesus did not come to deny either of them, for this reason there are Moses on one side and Elijah on the other, a synthesis of Scripture, since whatever part of it we read the ultimate goal is Christ glorified. The experience granted to the three disciples is that of the discovery that behind the humanity of the son of Joseph, of a carpenter, there is God. The three on the mountain discovered that Jesus is the Son of God; the experience of those who see something that could not be told in words, the experience of those called to announce not only the law and the prophets, but also Christ Jesus. However, I would like us to concentrate on praying with him. Whoever wants serving the Lord, must have an attitude and a readiness to pray, which is not an attempt to escape from the world, nor to escape from problems but the constant search for God's help. Jesus himself used to retire to the end of the day. prayer to seek the help of the Father. All the more us. Doing so testifies to a responsibility towards the call and a sensitivity towards those entrusted to us. How many times would we like to be able to do something to solve but we find we have no skills or tools. The transfigured face and those shining robes remind us that God is with us, here, right now. Let us strive not to be assaulted by sleep, but let us rest our limbs in prayer.

Devotional 10/2020 Weekly Bible reading plan March 02, Numbers 26-28; Mark 8 March 03, Numbers 29-31; Mark 9:1-29 March 04, Numbers 32-34; Mark 9:30-50 March 05, Numbers 35-36; Mark 10:1-31 March 06, Deuteronomy 1-3; Mark 10:32-52

March 07, Deuteronomy 4-6; Mark 11:1-18 March 08, Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 11:19-33

In memory of John Wesley The founder of the Methodist church passed away on March 2, 1791. Singular one of his dreams that I chose to remember. Arriving at the gates of hell, I asked: "Are there Roman Catholics here?" "Yes, many," was the reply. "Presbyterians?" - "Yes, many". "Baptists?" - "Yes, many". - "Methodists?" - "Yes, many". Disappointed, I headed for the gates of Paradise, where I asked: "Are there any Methodists here?" - "No", the dry answer. "Anglicans?" - "No". - "Presbyterians?" - "No". - "Of Roman Catholics?" - "No". Then I asked surprised: "Who lives in these places?" - "Here we don't know any of the names he mentioned. We are all Christians, saved by grace, souls washed in the blood of Jesus, a multitude made up of all nations and all languages".

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