Mountain Mystics

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 02/17/2016

in Lent

Second Sunday of Lent — Cycle C

February 21, 2016

Mountain Mystics

Peter, James, and John,

fishermen of the sea, climb Mt. Tabor.

Jesus, Moses, and Elijah,

                men of God, show the glory of God as

mountain mystics show intimate friends of the Father and the Son.


These lowly fishermen experienced transfiguration.

How many mystics have you met? Do not count those in biographies you’ve read?


Perhaps, you are rubbing elbows with the mystics of our time,

people, who are intimate friends of Jesus and his Father and the Spirit.


Where do you find them?

in hospital beds and hospice homes,

at fishermen’s wharfs,

at the kitchen sink with a toddler tugging at a Mom’s knees,

in nursing homes,

in prisons,

in convents and rectories,

yes, even at the grocery stores or behind Macs, Dells or IBM’s.


Ordinary people of a deep faith, yet extraordinary in their intimate love life with the Creator are mystics.

Please don’t think that only canonized “Saints” have a corner on Mystical experiences.


There are “glory moments” in everyone’s life, moments when we trade earthly tasks to meet God on Mystic Mountains.


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What does it take to be a Mystic, to show the glory of God?
  2. Why did Jesus reveal his glory to the Apostles?
  3. Describe an ordinary mystic you have rubbed elbows with lately.
  4. What other characteristic might you find besides intimate love?
  5. Why might you think “a mystic! In your dreams!” ?

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Valerie February 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

“Glory moments” hit me. Somehow, I get what it means. I have had those moments in my life when there is no doubt God clearly showed me his love.


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