Psalm 27: 1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
“Come, says my heart, seek God’s face;
Your face, Lord, do I seek!”
Our psalmist, David, puts into words
what we feel in our hearts, which is
to seek a right relationship with
the Lord. We are drawn to the Lord;
we wish to speak to Him face to face,
to be in His presence, to listen to
His Word, and to serve Him faithfully.
We may not have the faith of
Abraham (1st reading), but we know
that a right relationship with the Lord
is key for us, because without that
face to face relationship, we have
little chance of salvation. Our psalmist
knows the critical importance of salvation:
“Do not forsake me, God, my savior.”
Few of us will be able to speak directly
with God, but God makes himself
accessible through His Son, Jesus,
as described in St Paul’s letter to the
Philippians (2nd reading). St Paul promises
that our own bodies will be changed,
to conform with Christ’s glorified body.
This is how our own transfiguration
What can we do to be sure we share
in Christ’s glory? St Paul tells the
brothers in Philippi, “Stand firm in
the Lord.” And our psalmist agrees:
“Wait for the Lord, take courage,
be stouthearted, wait for the Lord.”
What better way for us to stand firm
in the Lord than to commune with Him
in prayer, to worship Him, to be
transformed by Him, as were those disciples
that day when Jesus was transfigured
on the mountain. Having been transformed,
we, like the disciples, will be emboldened
in our faith -- 'Of whom should I be afraid?'
In our day to day battles against evil forces,
we need not fear any one, for He is our refuge.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist seeks God's face. Does your heart seek
a right relationship with the Lord? Speak of how you are drawn
to the Lord and how He makes himself accessible to you.
2. The season of Lent can be a time of transformation for us.
But we cannot change our hearts by ourselves; we all need
the Lord's help, as does our psalmist, 'You are my helper;
cast me not off.' Tell of how you are becoming a better person
with the help of the Lord.