These wintry February days we inch our way towards our annual journey through Lent towards Easter. In this “in-between time” today’s gospel reading brings us to the mount of the Transfiguration. With Peter, James, and John we are strengthened and encouraged for the journey towards the cross which begins on March 1.

Today’s reading from Hebrews reminds us to be confident in faith as we approach these days of grace. How has my faith grown since the dawn of 2017? What gifts and graces have strengthened my heart as I go about my daily routine? What individuals at work, in school, at home have surprised me with their kindness, with their sense of hope amidst the daily grind? And can I find some time this weekend to speak words of gratitude to God as I prepare for the adventures of another week of grace and service?

—the Jesuit Prayer Team