Lenten Reflection for Sunday, March 16

March 16, 2014

Genesis 12:1-4A * 2 Timothy 1:8B-10 * Matthew 17:1-9

Whenever I read the Gospels, I often find myself becoming jealous of the apostles for what they get to experience. Matthew’s version of the Transfiguration includes a detail not found in any of the other Gospels that makes me especially jealous. After Jesus is transfigured and the apostles fall prostrate on the ground with fear, Matthew tells us that “Jesus came and touched them.” (Mt 17:7) Jesus touched them. He could have just said their names or waited for them to have the courage to look up, but instead he goes to them and touches them, reassuring them of his presence and concern for them.

Touch is a very intimate action; the only people we allow to touch us are those we are closest to. I have lost track of how many times I have been immobilized from fear and have longed for the touch of Christ to comfort me and assure me of his closeness to me. I think the apostles have once again experienced something that I never can.

Pope Francis disagrees. In his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, he says, “By his taking flesh and coming among us, Jesus has touched us, and through the sacraments he continues to touch us even today.” (LF 31) Jesus is always reaching out to touch us. He desires to intimately encounter us in the sacraments. Let us pray for the faith to feel his touch even today.

  • When have I felt the touch of Christ in my life?
  • How can I better prepare to encounter Jesus in the sacraments?

Kevin Pesek
Class of 2010
Kevin Pesek is a campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.

St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday. (0)

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