In the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent, Peter, James and John witness the Transfiguration of Jesus.  “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”When the disciples heard this they fell  prostrate and were very much afraid.  The reassuring touch of Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Rise, and do not be afraid.’ And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone” (Matthew 17:  5-8).  The reassuring touch of Jesus encourages them to follow him after they get down from the mountain no matter what.  Recently I spent a week end helping my oldest son at his apartment.  He later thanked me for making his life easier.  I was overwhelmed by his expression of gratitude.  I had been wondering why I bother helping my kids who do not seem to appreciate me.  In this transfiguration moment, I deeply felt his love for me and mine for him.  I am more resolved to love him whether he thanks me or not.  How has your experience of the love of Jesus encouraged you to love yourself and others more.