On the second Sunday of Lent we hear in the Gospel how Jesus takes Peter, James and John up to the mountain. There, “he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” And in the midst of this extraordinary event, “Moses and Elijah appeared to them” talking with Jesus.
The Transfiguration event beautifully reminded the disciples of the glory Jesus possessed and that his glory would ultimately overcome the darkness of evil in his life and in theirs. But the glory would come later. First would come the cross. There is no way to be a disciple of Jesus without the cross. We don’t want to go with Jesus to the cross, we don’t want to carry the cross, we don’t want to suffer, but that is what we are called to do. We need to leave that mountaintop experience and walk the road with Jesus to Jerusalem.
The cross, to be sure, takes many forms. But it is always present. What is the cross in my life at this time? Perhaps it is one of the ordinary crosses of daily living. Or perhaps it is the much heavier cross of serious illness, chronic pain, depression, nagging fear, addiction, relentless temptation. Whatever the cross the way to carry it is in union with Christ.