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Friday, March 14, 2014

II Sunday of Lent - A

1 reading: Gen 12,1-4
Resp Psalm: Psalm 33
2 Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
Gospel: Mt 17,1-9

The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

You can look and not see, you can listen and do not hear, you can hear and see, and yet be blind and deaf internally on what you see and hear. And this is probably the case of so many contemporary indifferent Christians. It was indeed also the case of the Apostles; Peter, John and James , who were deaf and blind, after witnessing extraordinary events, after seeing and hearing … They did not understand at the moment and did not understand for a long time after. "It's good, that we are here ... "- says Peter in awe. "Let's stay here, because we feel so good here." How many Christians today are looking in the faith just only for such and enthusiasm, feelings, emotions and elation? But when moments of trial of their faith come, when they need to pass the exam from the "daily morality", they quickly forget about the emotions and elation and are ready to run away, to leave, like Peter at the time of the passion and crucifixion.

You can look and not see, you can listen and do not hear, you can be blind and deaf internally ... and this is why we need to understand what God the Father wants to tell us in the words: "This is my Son, my chosen One, listen to Him." Christ has certainly something to say and it's definitely something deeper and more substantial than just superficial sensation and euphoria. He wants to talk us about love, but about "demanding" love and not about sentimental and emotional feelings, He desires to talk about forgiveness and salvation, but not about naïve and foolish "all inclusive", "nice" Gospel. He wants to be a friend and brother, but respectful of human freedom. He wants to tell us about heaven and lead us there, but not in a childish and syrupy way. He wants to lead us from the Mount Tabor – the Mount of Transfiguration to the Calvary. Because only that way leads to the Mount of Ascension, to salvation and eternal happiness. Am I ready for this? Peter was delighted at the Mount of Transfiguration, but absent on Calvary ... He had, however his Calvary, and he passed it also,  before he meet finally his Master ... The Mount of Transfiguration is just a phase, like Calvary is also only a stage and it is worth remembering in the moments of ecstasy, but also in times of trial and testing .

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