Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
The readings today proclaim to us a prophecy and a promise of the kingdom of God: a proclamation of the extent of his kingdom, the glory of his dominion, and the endless reign of that kingdom that we can share only by listening to His words and obeying His commands.
While the Transfiguration of the Lord points us to the brightness of the life to come, it also proclaims light in our ways now, for this is His will: to fear the Lord, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul (Dt 10:12).
Every moment, endeavor, and good act matter to God and to our neighbor, whether or not we are happy, successful or healthy, just as every person matters to God and to everyone. Our moments will pass, but Jesus is always present. He is our present, God’s present to us. He is our future. Though it is not the people we choose because we like them, who necessarily associate with us closely, it is knowing and living out who we are, God’s children, that bring people to the Lord.
So, what can we do to live out the Transfiguration of the Lord:
1. Always speak, act and share whatever you have with gratitude, for this is one way you can enter into the heart of a person. You don’t own your life or the life of others. In all that you do, always be grateful and give the credit to the Lord, and also to others; then great things will happen to you and the community. St. Paul did not want the Corinthians to be inflated with pride. So he said to them, what do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as if you did not receive it (1Cor 4:7)? Peter, though appalled and frightened, said, Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here (Mt 17:4).
2. Do not complain about anything or about anyone. God has given you innumerable blessings, capacities and capabilities, that others do not possess. You are unique and special. You cannot even compare yourself to others. In their book, The Dash, Ellis and Anderson shared: we all know ducks that make lots of noise, quacking and complaining about their problems in life. And then there are eagles, who go about their business and consistently soar above the crowd. . .Thanks…for soaring into my life.
3. Do not blame or criticize anybody or anything. You may not know what’s happening. Many times we feel ashamed of our weaknesses and misfortunes, mostly though not of our doing, and sometimes because of our negligence, inefficiency and foolishness; and so we look for something or someone to blame. Remember, you are greater than what you think or say, and who you think you are. You are a child of God. And God said of Jesus, our brother in our one Father: this is my beloved Son (Mt 17:5). We all come from God.
4. Keep the momentum in life and in faith. Laziness and overexposure to television and electronic gadgets dull your mind. Gossip leads you away from true relationship and gratitude for others. Then you not only become judge of people’s lives and their ways, but also a dictator of what others should be doing according to your hostile imagination; you annihilate others’ character and dignity.
5. Always look into your priorities in life. If you do not define your priorities, you become content with the mediocre, for that is the easiest to be. Responsibly doing your little obligations is not the same as being mediocre because you’re doing the daily little things. You are chosen from eternity by God to be His children, to be transfigured, to move over the figures of the world, to be human, called to be like Him in the routine of life and in relationships.
6. Wake up early and pray. Spend moments of silence first thing in the morning, and ask God to give you the wisdom to know what he wants you to think of and pray about, and ask for the strength to do what He wants you to do. Be reflective of the things that happen to you, and ask the Lord to guide your decisions, and to change your selfish styles to his life of loving and serving.
Be today’s transfiguration and God’s beloved children. God bless you all.
Fr. Tito Ayo
August 6, 2017