“While Praying”

Luke 9:28-36

Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday

“While Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed,” says this morning’s gospel lesson, a moment we recall every year on Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday; Jesus’ face, changing, “while he  was praying.”

Which is not unlike what happens to us; a lifetime of daily prayer, day after day, all through the day, eventually making us more thoughtful and mindful, forgiving and welcoming, truthful and gentle, courageous and kind; our gradual, eventual transformation coming to us, as Jesus’ dazzling, dramatic transfiguration came to him; while praying.