In churches that use the Lectionary for Scripture readings, the gospel for yesterday was the story of the Transfiguration in the gospel of Mark. As Jesus is with three of his disciples on a mountain, his clothes suddenly become gleaming white and Moses and Elijah appear with him. After Peter's futile suggestion to build shelters on the mountaintop, they are all covered with a cloud. The voice of God proclaims from the cloud:
"This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"
This simple yet clear word from God continues to speak to us today. As we begin the season of Lent this week, it is a good time to ask ourselves, How are we making time and space individually and in community to listen to Jesus? There is nothing more important we could do than to open ourselves to the Spirit of the living Christ, listen to him, and then take the next step in God's call for our lives.