Twenty-Seventh Day of Lent

Matthew 17:1-13

When was the last time you were truly amazed by something you’ve seen? In this age of the internet and 24 hour cable news, we are able to see so many events, good or bad, around the world often as they are unfolding.  But when have you witnessed something amazing with your own eyes.

At the time of writing this, my mother-in-law is preparing to leave Haiti to visit Canada. She was born and raised in rural Haiti and has never left the country. Her day-to-day reality is that of unreliable electricity, limited access to running water and cooking over charcoal. In a couple of weeks, she will be boarding her first plane, flying over the ocean, seeing all the lights of the eastern seaboard from her window and arriving at the largest airport in Canada. Then she will see moving walkways, escalators, and washrooms with automatic flushing toilets, faucets and hand dryers. Upon reaching her final destination here in Winnipeg, she will likely be greeted by temperatures 50 to 60 degrees lower than she has ever experienced in her life.

When I think about her first few days, weeks and months in Canada, I’m positive that she will be amazed and sometimes terrified at what she is witnessing - just as Peter, James and John were on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured before them. The Jesus they had been following was suddenly different – his glory was revealed to them. The Lord spoke from a bright cloud confirming that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

My mother-in-law’s understanding of the world will be changed by what she sees. Peter, James and John’s understanding of Jesus was changed by what they saw. During this Lenten season, may we open our eyes to see how God wants to change us in light of understanding of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Janelle Peterson
Winnipeg, MB