A Reading from the Holy Gospel : Luke 9:28-36
"Jesus took Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray. While He was praying His face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son, listen to Him." After the voice had spoken Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen."
Let us begin with prayer: +Come Holy Spirit Creator Blessed and in our souls take up Thy rest+
Slowly read the passage several times, if possible out loud and listen with your heart. Listen. What do you hear?
As I was praying through this passage as a disciple of our Lord, I heard a lesson: The importance of keeping one's heart established in the Lord, rather than clinging to the gifts of the Lord. Let us look at this passage: "As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master it is good that we are here". This is the normal reaction for most of us when we experience the consolations of the Lord, we want the good feelings to last, therefore, we willingly offer to "set up a tent" and make sure we can secure what brings us comfort and happiness. It's so human, and why not, right? wrong- "But he did not know what he was saying". Oftentimes we don't realize what we are saying or asking for. We think we do, because we've lost the focal point of what is the highest "good" by running after lesser goods such as the gifts of God, rather than God Himself. Grasping can get us off track. Like Peter, we try to "seal the deal" for ourselves, and secure our "needs" and then we find ourselves bewildered, not knowing how we got off track, and why we feel confused or low. "While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud". This too can be analogous of our journey with the Lord and how He seeks to "get our attention again" oftentimes by withdrawing the "gifts" in order to get us re-established in Him once again. Our reaction when consolations are withdrawn (when the cloud comes) is oftentimes fear, panic, discouragement, confusion and impatience. This is a precarious place to remain...unless we remain, waiting and listening for His voice. Satan will try to "hijack" our minds and hearts at this juncture often because confusion is the soil he sows his weeds in.
I remember reading something awhile ago, "Nothing is more insidious than for someone to turn the heart of a child, against her/his parent." I heard that in my heart, as a truth, that applies in the spiritual life too. This is what the evil one tries to do with us. He tries to turn the heart of a child of God into a state of mistrust of our Father in Heaven. What we need to remember to do in these moments is not to panic, bolt or cave into mistrust but rather, to remain with patience waiting and listening for his voice again. "And from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son, Listen to Him." We must stay where the Lord allows us to be and listen for Him, with a trustful heart, patiently waiting for His return and He does come! "From the cloud came a voice that said, This is my chosen Son". On this second Sunday of Lent, perhaps one of the lessons for us as disciples is learning how to remain with Him, through all life's joys and sufferings. If Love is indeed a sustained choice, then remaining close to Him in our lives is within our reach, we can choose to remain faithful. Let us choose it! Spend some time now and BE with Jesus. Where do I need to choose to remain, in order to be close to Him in my life? What situation?
Closing Prayer + Father, giver of all good gifts, do not let us go astray, but help us to seek you with all our hearts. . Amen.