Reflections - August 6, 2017

“This is my beloved son....listen to him.”  Mt. 17:5.
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
This passage of the Transfiguration appears in the three Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which indicates the importance of this passage.
I would like to reflect on why this manifestation.  In the first place who is Jesus?  From the cloud, a symbol of the mystery of God, he reveals to us “His beloved Son”.  We know, as John says, that Jesus is the eternal Word of the Father.  Jesus also manifests this:  “My food is to do the will of the Father”.
Doing the will of the Father lead Jesus to the extreme of dying for obedience to the plan of salvation.  If Abraham was promised descendants“ more numerous than the stars in heaven” for doing the will of God, Jesus, because of His obedient love, was given by the Father any infinite number of descendants, who are you and I by our Baptism.
Now the question to ask would be:  Do we listen to God in this world of so much “spiritual soldering”?”  What was God telling me with the phrase:  “listen to Him”?  Is there something that He wants me to listen?
For the apostles, to “listen to Him” meant to do His will to “carry the cross”.
That is why they went to Jerusalem, so that He would be honored, appreciated, distinguished? No, to listen to Jesus is to do His will.  It is to become intimate with Him.  They say that one day Jesus appeared to St. Catherine of Sienna and offered her two crowns, one of roses and the other of thorns.  Then Jesus said:  “Pick the one you want”.  St. Catherine looked at Him and said:  “Lord, I want yours”.  He then gave her the crown of thorns.  “What do I want with a crown of roses if my Lord and God has a crown of thorns”.  What a beautiful example of spiritual finesse!
Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist to listen to His invitation to come down to the Jerusalem of our everyday life accepting the cross and thorns of every day life in love and service to all our brothers and sisters.  Amen.