Fr. Robert Leus, CJM
Our life is like a roller coaster, there are series of ups and downs!
A ride of happiness and sadness or a road of hard times and good times!
Usually, we are “up” but not always!
Problems, sufferings or difficulties may arrive sometimes and at times there is also bad news!
Every now and then, we may fail or commit mistakes in many decisions that we make.
And then, disappointments or misunderstandings!
Well, that is life! That’s the way it is!
And when we accept this basic fact that everything seems to go better and we are able to overcome the many difficulties in life knowing that God is always at our side and tomorrow will be better!
The same with what happened to the many prophets who prophesied Jesus’ birth; the disciples he chose; Jesus himself and what is happening to all of us!
The series of ups and downs are part and parcel of our lives and it always leads us to hope for the better in the next days to come!
When Jesus climbed the mountain with Peter, James and John, he was already sure what will happen to him – about his fate!
What will happen?
What is waiting for him when he comes back to Jerusalem?
It was written and prophesied already in the Scripture about the “Suffering Servant,” that the chosen one will suffer, die and on the third day will rise again for the salvation of all!
And, in fact, not long before going up to the mountain, Jesus told his followers that the religious leaders and elders will reject him and put him to death and hesitation comes from the disciples.
Peter tried his best to persuade Jesus from going to Jerusalem where he would suffer because they do not like the idea that their “Master” will die in a very inhumane way.
It is precisely for this reason why Jesus takes them with him when he went up to the mountain. When the disciples see Jesus transfigured, Moses and Elijah were with him, speaking to him, they are in great awe!
And all of a sudden they heard a voice of God honoring Jesus, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!”
It refers to the many ups and downs in life.
What we are going to do when difficulties, problems and suffering touch our lives?
What will be our reactions? How can we face those trials in life?
Well, what did Jesus do?
Whenever he faced a tough decision or whenever he wanted direction, he spent his time in PRAYER!
And in PRAYER, he asked his Father to help him!
And we can assume that the transfiguration occurred primarily for the sake of Jesus – to encourage him; to boost his morale because of what will happen for him!
But it also took place for the sake of the disciples.
It is as if Jesus were telling them: DO AS I DID!
When we have doubts or problems, let us to inside our hearts and speak to God!
Lift and offer our difficulties and place it before the eyes of God!
And listen – listen to our heart; it is there that the voice of God calming and strengthening our spirit!
If we will do this, surely we will find a way through our problems in life.
The voice tells the disciples: “Listen to him!” And this is what we must do – WE MUST LISTEN TO JESUS, TAKING HIS WORDS AND HIS EXAMPLE INTO OUR HEARTS!
Lord, give us the ear to hear, the eyes to see and the heart to feel the many ways you are revealing yourself to us. Give us the courage and understanding to live life to the full. And give us the listening heart to fulfill what Jesus wants us to do, so that we may fulfill your holy will.