Skip to main content

The key to our own personal transfiguration

I have heard and read a lot of commentaries on the Transfiguration, but perhaps that which I heard last night was a little bit different and provoked me to share my own reflections on the readings for this coming second Sunday of Lent. It is a bit far from the usually held commentaries that are usually done from the perspective of the identity of Jesus.This one will be on the perspective of Peter's, the christian community's presence before the transfiguration.

We commonly look at the attitude of Peter, basically by the words that he pronounced in that post resurrection or resurrection anticipation story of the Transfiguration, as someone who is stupid, speaks without thinking first what to say, as spontaneous, as someone who doesn't understand what is being revealed. We commonly hear negative commentaries on that. And yet he is considered to be representing the leadership in and of the Church.

That which was shared last night was something positive. Perhaps it is not a strong position that is held by many or not even known, but I'll buy it for a change and add my own personal reflections on it.

Peter said "Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish I will make three booths here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Taking into consideration that this is a post resurrection story or an anticipation of the Glorified Christ, the three booths could mean a lot of things. It could be making the divine, the law, the prophecy to be permanently present in the church; or it could be that the Christian community is ordered to live what is written in the law, what the prophets have said, and of the teachings of Jesus, etc. What caught my attention, and that which I have never thought of, is that the booths could be associated with the three theological virtues that the church teaches. In the desire to make three booths in the mountain, Peter, the church, is founding its three theological virtues in the mountain. The church roots its Faith, Hope, and Charity in "the mountain of Mt. Tabor", in the Glorified Christ.

Jesus, the savior, the redeemer, the Son of God, etc. - we need to have FAITH in Him in order to accept and integrate in our lives these acclamations. Anyone who has faith in him has faith in God the Father. He is the subject and predicate of our faith. He strengthens us "in our faith," strengthens "our faith," strengthens "the faith."

Moses on the other hand, gave HOPE to his people. He gave hope of freedom from slavery. He showed hope and became the icon of hope to the people. He strengthened the people to hope for the promise land, strengthened "their hopes," strengthened "the hope."

Elijah was a man of CHARITY. Remember the story of the widow of Zarephath? Elijah tells her that God will not allow her supply of flour or oil to run out, saying, "Don't be afraid..this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land," illustrating that the demand of the covenant is not given without the promise of the covenant. Some time later, the widow's son dies. Moved by a faith like that of Abraham, Elijah prays that God might restore her son so that the veracity and trustworthiness of God's word might be demonstrated. He strengthened her "to be charitable" despite her poverty, make her "believe that God is charitable," "showed the strength of God's charity to his people."

Peter was before the icons of FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY. Building tents for each is just like saying that this should be permanent in our christian communities. Later, I realize that in the new testament Peter talks about TRUE FAITH; James talks about TRUE HOPE; and John completely talks about TRUE LOVE.

The three were before three but later only one was left standing before them - Jesus. We are all left to build our own houses on the rock, on a firm foundation where all three virtues are present. The Glorified Christ is not just simply the source and meta of our FAITH, he is at the same time the HOPE of our salvation, the sacrament of God's CHARITY, the sacrament of LOVE.

FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY - sources of strength of a Christian in good times and in bad times. We should be building ourselves in these three virtues. It is what we should be having when asked to abandon our past, our homeland, our securities, our defenses, our own interests. What would help us transform from "Abram" to "Abraham" (1st Reading) is our true faith in God, our unceasing hope in him, and our being charitable as he is to us. If you are a Christian, do not be ashamed in testifying to our Lord (2nd Reading) even if it will also cost your life.

In this season of Lent, learn how to have Faith and live it. Hope and never be despaired. Be charitable, share. Do not be afraid if you will share the same fate of that man in the Gospel that you will hear four weeks from now. "FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY" is the key to our own personal transfiguration.

Comments

Popular Posts Last Year

See You!

Close your eyes. What do you see? Nothing, right? Only darkness. Will you be happy if all you can see is black and empty? Well, some prefer to close their eyes to avoid seeing the reality, but I tell you, they won’t be happy, they won’t be forever happy.



Today, fourth Sunday of Lent, the two other symbols of Baptism that brings us also two important things in life are presented to us: LIGHT AND HAPPINESS. These symbols are the OIL AND THE CANDLE.The oil symbolizes that we are chosen, we are anointed, we are sent. And the candle represents Christ, the true light, our guiding light.

When God chooses someone to lead his people, he, don't usually chooses the seemingly perfect in the eyes of men. Why choose David, who is just a handsome youth, ruddy and young? Why not choose the lofty stature of the elder brother who is Eliab? Sometimes, most of the times, God chooses people who are not worthy in the eyes of men. Those whom we have never thought of. Sometimes, God chooses those who a…

Scelti, unti, portatore della Luce

Oggi, quarta domenica di Quaresima, ci sono presentati DUE SIMBOLI del Battesimo che ci ricordano due cose importanti nella nostra vita: LA LUCE E LA FELICITÀ. Questi simboli sono L'OLIO E LA CANDELA.L'olio significa che siamo scelti, siamo unti, siamo inviati. E la candela rappresenta Cristo, la vera luce, il nostro faro. 


Quando Dio sceglie qualcuno per condurre il suo popolo, di solito non sceglie qualcuno apparentemente perfetto agli occhi degli uomini. Perché sceglie Davide, che è solo un bel giovane, rubicondo e un ragazzo? Perché non ha scelto il fratello maggiore Eliab, con la statura alta e che aveva l'età giusta, come i vecchi dicono? A volte, Dio sceglie le persone che non sono degne agli occhi degli uomini. Quelli ai quali non abbiamo mai pensato. A volte, Dio sceglie chi non va bene per noi, secondo i nostri standard. Ma, purtroppo, Dio non vede come vede l'uomo. Noi spesso guardiamo l'apparenza, ma il Signore guarda al cuore. LE APPARENZE POSSONO ACCE…

Cambiamenti

Oggi, ci concentreremo su una sola parola che riassume tutto ciò le letture che abbiamo ascoltato e tutto ciò che dobbiamo fare nella vita come cristiani. E quella parola è CONVERSIONE. Possiamo definire conversione, cercando per il suo significato nel dizionario. Ma, concentriamoci sulle letture. Perché credo che possiamo trovare il senso da lì.

La conversione comporta il cambiamento. La conversione può essere lo stesso: l'alterazione, la modifica, variazione, la rivoluzione, la trasformazione:

1) Dal UMILIATO a GLORIOSO - la terra di Zabulon e di Neftali è stato umiliato, ma in seguito si rivelerà gloriosa;

2) Da che camminava nelle TENEBRE ad essere in grado di vedere una nuova LUCE. Vivere nelle tenebre a vivere nella luce;

3) di essere DIVERSO a UNANIME - nella fede;

4) dall'essere DIVISO in seguito a diversi capi religiosi (Apollo, Paolo, Cefa) per essere UNITI in un capo unico che è Cristo. Questo mi porta alla mente la celebrazione che stiamo celebran…