Today we find ourselves on the Mount of the Transfiguration, looking at Jesus standing in the blazing light of God.
From this mountain, from this light, Jesus will walk all the way to Jerusalem, where the cross awaits him. Beyond that cross another blazing light, the light of Easter, waits for Jesus – and for us.
But to get to that light, to get to Easter, we’ll have to walk the same road Jesus walks.
On Sundays, the road of Lent will bring us stories of disciples – not the familiar disciples like Peter, James and John, but others who met Jesus along his way: a man born blind, a Samaritan woman, Nicodemus the teacher, Martha and Mary of Bethany. The Gospels tell us that each of them, when they met Jesus, asked the same question we ask when we meet Jesus for the first time:
“Who is this man Jesus, and do I want to follow him?”
On weekdays, the road of Lent can lead us into a world shaped by different values – the values lived and taught by Jesus. These steps were originally outlined by St. Benedict in the 6th century, and adapted by Sr. Joan Chittister in the 20th century. Following these steps brings the answer to another question Christians always ask:
“How can I learn to live like Jesus?”
Over the centuries, St. Benedict’s steps have been a pathway into the Presence of God for millions of Christians. Even today, as we practice each new step, we will feel the Spirit of God gradually re-shaping our lives, and eventually leading us to our own Easters.