Today’s Thoughts: Our scripture today gives us a vision and a direction for our journey of faith. Abram, Peter, James, John and Timothy are inspired by the word, the vision and hopefully so are we!
In our Gospel (Matthew 17:1-9) today Peter, James and John are given the opportunity to see and hear Jesus differently, not just through the eyes and ears of the world but also through the eyes and ears of faith. What they see and hear is terrifying, awesome and wonderful.
Abram (Genesis 12: 1-4a) is asked to see and hear his life differently, not just through the eyes and ears of the world but also through the eyes and ears of faith. For Abram, like Peter, James and John, what he sees and hears is terrifying, awesome and wonderful. Abram is gifted with the presence of God. It is presence that is overwhelming and terrifying but a presence that graces and blesses him. God's presence in Abram's life blesses him with a covenant that will make him the father of a great nation. It was Abram's faith that made this relationship, this covenant possible.
For Peter, James and John things are a little different. They are gifted with God's presence it is a presence that too is overwhelming and terrifying. They encounter the breath of God's covenant and the essence of Jesus divine nature. They want to hang on to both but quickly learn that they cannot. It is an encounter to be remembered, an encounter that they can take with them as they return to the life they live. It becomes for them an encounter of hope. Even though they must return to their everyday life, to the struggles, difficulties, the challenges, even though they must go back down the mountain and continue their journey to the next mountain, Calvary, they have this memory that will keep alive the hope they need no matter what they encounter.
And so it is for us as we continue this journey of Lent, this journey of life. We too have an encounter with the presence of God. It perhaps doesn't seem as terrifying or as awesome and Abram's or Peter, James and John's. It sometimes is quickly forgotten but if we have faith it is the very hope that will help us continue this journey with all its struggles, with all it difficulties, with all its challenges. Our encounter with God is the Eucharist. It is our covenant, it is our mountain top, it is our moment to see and hear God not through the eyes and ears of the world, but through the eyes and ears of faith!
Sunday blessings to all and don’t forget to give God a little time today!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...