I am fortunate to be the mother of two wonderful children, now grown to adulthood. When I was expecting my first, a friend gifted me with a piece of parenting advice that has been a guide every single day of my life since: “This baby deserves that you be the best person you can be”.
Calls to conversion are common during Lent. They also occur frequently throughout the Gospel stories about Jesus. Today’s Gospel is a particularly powerful example of such a conversion story, involving a woman and a Samaritan town; the town represents an entire people despised by the ‘right-minded’ and orthodox.
Some years ago a group of us who were on a course in Jerusalem had the privilege of going up the Mount of the Transfiguration. It is quite steep and we went up by minibus. From the top there is a very impressive view of a very fertile plain down below. Jesus went up this mountain with three of his disciples and was transfigured in their presence. The account of the Transfiguration seems very straightforward and simple but the fact is that it is rather difficult and complex.