Yesterday was the third gathering of participants in the Lent Retreat in Daily Living I’m offering this year at UST Law School on the theme In the Desert with Jesus.
During the past week, the participants prayed with some episodes from the early part of Jesus’ public ministry. As we usually do, we began the session by giving participants a chance to share in small groups some of the fruits of that prayer.
I then offered a brief reflection on the theme of this week’s prayer, which I titled Hints of What is to Come, that is, hints, some well before we get to the final road toward Jerusalem, that being with Jesus is not all wedding feasts and healings and feeding the multitudes. Hints about what Jesus will face – and about the cost of discipleship.
Although the prayer materials for the week cover six different Gospel episodes, I focused on only three in my reflection: the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, the first prediction of the passion, and the Transfiguration.