Aug 6 – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Today we celebrate the occasion on which Christ revealed Himself in shining splendour to Peter, James, and John. Moses and Elijah were present, and are taken to signify that the Law and the Prophets. They testify to Jesus as the promised Messiah. God the Father also proclaimed him as such, saying, “This is my Beloved Son. Listen to him.” For a moment the veil is drawn aside, and men still on earth are permitted a glimpse of the heavenly reality, the glory of the Eternal Triune God.
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning. Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.
a way through the dark until the dawn comes
How many times have we sat in adoration with our souls totally dry, wondering if we are going through a futile exercise in spending time with what we want to believe is our ever-knowing, ever-loving, ever-present God, yet harbouring seeds of doubt in our hearts? Especially when it has been __ number of years since we lost our ________ (you can fill in the blank and keep filling it in until you are satisfied).
How many times have we prayed for a miracle, a cure, to win the lottery, for a solution to magically appear in our lives, telling God that He owes us because of what we have been doing for Him, because we pray 1 rosary a day and go for daily mass and give at least 10% of our earnings back to the church?
How long have we endured the uncertainty of a period of grief, of unemployment, of not knowing when a solution to our predicament is coming, albeit, as we deem suitable for our purposes? Brothers and sisters, when are we going to stop making demands of God, who appears to have His sacred hands full because He seems to be helping others, but neglecting us?
Sometimes, it is only in journeying through the darkness that we begin to discern God’s hand in our lives. It is only in experiencing sorrow that we begin to see the joy that our Lord wants us to experience as part of His grand plan for our lives. Because as the one, true architect of our lives, He knows when we need to have His light shine into the darkened areas, where fear, doubt, insecurity and anxiety reside. And many times, just because we think we have done all the preparation, said our rosaries, served at retreats, ministered to the needy and yes, taught the young at our parishes, we think we are entitled to a seat at the table of plenty.
Pastor Earl McLellan, at the recent Hillsong Conference, exhorted that “just because you are ready, doesn’t mean it is your time.” Conversely, when He says it is your time, you better make sure you’re ready. And I believe in my heart that my time has come in another ministry that I spend much of my time on. I believe I have put in the work and that after 18 months, quite a few retreats, and learning how to deal with a leadership that has its quirks, I am ready to seize an opportunity that has presented itself.
Brothers and sisters, when you are able to discern the light at the end of the tunnel, reach out to it in hope and with prayer. The Lord shows himself in ways that we never expect. But when He chooses to show himself, one thing’s for sure…you can never shy away from His glorious presence.
(Today’s Oxygen by Desmond Soon)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, continue to shine your light into our lives and to illuminate all those areas that we keep hidden so that we can truly be present as your sons and daughters.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for always leading the way and guiding us through our darkest hours.