Reflections - Mar. 1, 2015

“Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!”  Mk. 9:5.
 
On this Sunday of Lent the Gospel of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ invites us to trust in the Lord at all times even in times when we feel perplexed, confused.  Why do I say this?
 
If we read in the chapter preceding this Gospel Jesus says to Peter “that He did not think as God but as men”.  Indeed He had said that He was ready to dismiss them all if they were not willing to follow the doctrine of the cross, refuse themselves, carry His cross, and follow Him to “meet with the Father”.
 
With this feeling of sadness Peter, James, and John climb the mountain with the Lord.  They needed consolation.  Sometimes the more desolate we feel spiritually the more we “climb”.  There in the mountain Jesus was transfigured before them showing them the glory of God.  His face and His clothes shone like snow and Moses and Elijah appeared together with the Lord.  And they heard a voice that said:  “This is my beloved son.  Listen to him”. 
 
Peter in this revelation discovered, as St. Paul says in the Letter to the Romans, the love that God has for us.  “If God is with us, who will be against us”, neither sadness nor the trials of life can separate us from the mercy of God.  The apostles as they matured in their faith learned to discern the voice of God, like Abraham.
 
Perhaps we might ask ourselves in this Lent the following:  Do I hear the voice of God in prayer, in the everyday life of work, family and the parish community?
 
I invite you this week after Communion to say to the Lord:  Transfigure my heart so that I can see and hear you in the splendor of the Holy Liturgy.  How many times do I hear Your Word, sing the Psalms but I continue to be deaf to Your call?
 
How many times do I see the bread and wine and I remain blind!  Purify me, Lord, in the mountain of Your love from my selfish desires, my attachments, and from my sins that dehumanize me.  Give me your light so that I can listen to Your Word.  Open my senses in this Lenten time to your transforming presence to express my joy by saying:  “Rabbi, it is good that we are here” with You.