The Lenten Journey is one of looking at the life and ministry of Jesus. And in looking, reflecting, and discerning, we seek to listen to Jesus. “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
The One to whom we listen was rejected and killed but he was raised to life on the third day. And he calls all who would follow him to “deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow…”
Letting go and losing one’s life is the path to gain life. We let go and trust, we pray and receive guidance, and we allow Another to lead. Of course, all this is more easily written or said than lived. In living this way we are raised to a better life in Jesus.
Even Peter, James, and John who witnessed the Transfiguration were not listening; they didn’t understand. The other disciples awaiting Jesus return could not drive out the spirit that was destroying a child. This was disappointing to Jess. In Matthew’s account (Matthew 17) Jesus indicated that it was from a lack of faith. And in Mark 9, Jesus said it was because they needed to pray.
The one who believes prays and trusts in God. When we pray, when we trust, when we exercise faith we become least; we empty ourselves in order to listen to what Jesus desires that we might serve him. Listen this day to Jesus. Look for his presence, pause from life’s hectic pace, dwell in him. I suggest after you read this passage in Luke that you listen to Chris Rice sing, “Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus).” Then be still and look to Jesus.
Here’s the song, just click on the arrow: