Lenten Devotion, March 13, 2015

Today’s Reading Matthew 17


Once more we come close to Jesus in the crowd; and this time let’s bring with us someone we know, perhaps someone very close to us, who is in serious need of Jesus’ help. Take a moment and think who you want to bring.

Let’s recall what has just happened. The disciples have told Jesus he is the Messiah, the one to fulfil Israel’s hopes and dreams. He has told them, to their horror, that the way that fulfilment will come is through his own suffering and death. Then, amazingly, he has taken three of them up a mountain and has been transfigured before them, shining like the sun. They have heard God’s voice declaring that Jesus is indeed his son, his beloved one.

Meanwhile the other disciples, left behind at the foot of the mountain, have faced a challenge they couldn’t deal with. That’s perhaps where we are ourselves right now, either with sickness in the family or with an impossible situation at work, or something more sad and secret that it’s hard even to mention. So we stand there with them as Jesus shakes his head.

Surely his followers have learned the lesson by now? Surely they know that God’s power is able to do whatever is needed? Actually, it isn’t that easy. They’ve seen Jesus at work; they have known his power in their lives; but when Jesus goes away for a short while they revert, as we all do, to ‘normal’ mode. Wonderful things don’t happen. Life is tough, and there’s nothing that can be done.

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Lent for Everyone is a devotional created and written by N.T. (Tom) Wright. For each day of Lent, there is a reading chosen from the Gospel of Matthew, plus a reflection by Wright. These readings have grown out of a project encouraging Lent reading in Northern England. This is the second in a three-volume series based on the Revised Common Lectionary of the Church of England.

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