GOD WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO US
(A biblical reflection on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C – 24 February 2013)
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36
First Reading: Gen 15:5-121,17-18; Psalms: Ps 27:1,7-9,13-14; Second Reading: Phil 3:17-4:1 (Phil 3:20-4:1)
The Scripture Text
Now about eight days after these saying He took with Him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as He as praying, the appearance of His countenance was altered, and His raiment became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with Him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His departure, which He was to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with Him were heavy with sleep but kept awake, and they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. And as the men were parting from Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah – not knowing what he said. As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen; listen to Him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. (Lk 9:28-36 RSV)
The revelation of Jesus that the three disciples experienced at the transfiguration can give us a glimpse of what can ultimately happen in our own prayer lives. God wants to reveal His glory and His love to us as well. Many of us might wonder how we could have such an experience with God. We may or may not see grand visions of heaven, but we can be sure that as we pray and ponder His word, God will reveal Himself.
Prayer need not be a complicated activity, filled with the right words and feelings. God just wants us to speak to Him from our hearts and listen for His reply. It is important that our prayer be consistent. A good way to ensure this is to set aside some time – ten or fifteen minutes every day – to meet the Lord. It is also very helpful to choose a place free from distractions and a time when we are alert and sensitive to God’s voice.
Begin by inviting the Holy Spirit to come and help you pray. Recall and proclaim in faith the truth that God loves you and that He wants to speak to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you repent of any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Then, with your conscience freed up by the mercy of God, praise the Lord and thank Him for His mercy, forgiveness, and abundant blessings.
The disciples had been following Jesus for quite a while before the transfiguration. Similarly, we must remember that a deep and meaningful prayer life may not happen overnight. If we begin with small steps, we will see our lives change as God reveals Himself to us more and more. May we all come to experience the glory of Jesus as fully as Peter and the others did! Nothing can compare to such a revelation.
Short Prayer: Holy Spirit, apart from You we cannot do anything. We ask You to teach us to pray. Show us Jesus in all His glory so that our hearts would burn with love for Him. Amen.
Jakarta, 22 February 2013
A Christian Pilgrim