Learning to Listen

Luke 9:28-36
Dn 7:9-10.13-14 / Ps 97 / 2 Pt 1:16-19

This is my chosen Son; listen to him.
(Luke 9:35)

Come, let us climb the heights of the Lord,
And behold His wondrous creation;
Listen, and meditate on His Word,
And recall His Transfiguration.

Jesus took Peter, John and James with Him, and went up on the mountain to pray. As he was praying, His countenance changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. The apostles, who were resting after the long trek, awoke and saw Jesus in His glory, with Moses and Elijah conversing with Him. They spoke about His departure, which would happen in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. As they were about to leave, Peter told Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what he was saying, when suddenly, a cloud came and overshadowed them. They were terrified as a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Chosen Son; listen to him!” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent, and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. (Luke 9: 28b-36)

Reflection

It was necessary for the foremost leaders of Jesus to see that His role as the Messiah was not merely to bring salvation to the Israelite nation, but to all mankind, for all generations. Our Lord gave them this special privilege of seeing His divinity, so that they would understand that God had come to earth for a much higher purpose. Two of them would later give witness to this event in their letters to the faithful.

St. Peter must have trembled in fear, as those words from the Almighty Creator, “Listen to Him!” were clearly directed at him. He was not listening properly when Jesus said He was going to be arrested in Jerusalem, tortured and killed, but would rise again on the third day. He had objected, crying out, “Never, Lord! No, this must never happen to you.” And his Master rebuked him, saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You would have me stumble.” (In the Gospel of Matthew, chap.16, verses 22-23.)

How much do we listen when we are praying to God? Too often we are like Peter, questioning God for a difficulty or loss that we cannot accept or understand. If we only listen with our heart and mind, God will give us a glimpse of His glory, the light that will dispel the darkness of despair, and reveal the pettiness of our concerns. God emphatically commands that we should listen! It is not just seeing wonderful sights or experiencing miracles in our life that will strengthen our faith; of more importance is listening to the Word of God and understanding His message.

We turn to God in prayer when we feel we have no other recourse for our problems but His intervention. But we are so weighed down by the magnitude of our problem that we fail to hear or see the message that God is telling us in our predicament. An example is Sis. Geni, the better half of our Breakfast Head, who was in near panic because they still could not find anyone to be the main sharer for our Saturday breakfast. But we assured her, “Don’t worry, God always provides a herald for His Word.” And sure enough, a main sharer from BCBP Cebu South came to give one of the best life testimonies we had ever heard. So, have faith. God always delivers.

Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Lord, so please remind us to always listen.

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