Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday of Lent Year C (Luke 9:28-36)

Last week, the wilderness was a character in the gospel reading. This week, we find a mountain and a cloud featuring significantly in the narrative. These other-than-human characters (wilderness, mountain, and cloud) and the prophets of old (Moses and Elijah) link Luke’s story of Jesus to the Israelites’ covenant relationship with their God. Wilderness, mountain, and cloud also remind us that God’s creation, God’s Earth, is the locus of mystery: the place where human and other-than-human Earth beings are transformed through encounter with the divine.