A priest was walking a dark and smelly street when he saw a poor man lying in the gutter. At once his faith in God was shaken, and in a dark moment of the soul he cried out, “Oh God, do you exist? Are you there? Do you care? And if you do, why don’t you do something about that pathetic soul?” Then God spoke to Him in his heart. Authoritative! Strong! “I am. I see. I care. I am doing something about it. I just brought him to your attention!”
Is our relationship with God working? Are we listening to His leading? In the first place, do we really believe in Him? It’s not that we don’t believe in God, but we just have too many things and ideas in our minds. Distractions. No doubt that’s the issue.
- We have mails to read and delete. A colleague mentioned that his Yahoo account is already 10,000+ unread mails and counting.
- Bills to pay
- Invitations to events we don’t want to miss
- A bar visit with friends
- A food trip down Kapitolyo
- Deadlines of monthly reports
Then there’s the mobile phone. It doesn’t have manners! It just rings and buzzes when we’re having dinner, in the middle of a meeting, or when walking towards the podium. Some of us have young kids, plus pets. Combine these two and this equates to “busy”. And there’s need to add in the “to do” list:
- Help the kid with assignments
- Bring the pet to vet
- Find a pet sitter so the planned weekend holiday can be fulfilled
Yet in all these distractions, even if we don’t “believe”, God believes in us. God fully believes in us. We ask, “Does God care?” He does. But why the pain and suffering? “There is so much selfishness”, Mother Teresa once said. “Humans create the pain and suffering, not God”. At times He did allow bad things to happen, but all these were with various reasons, just like the defeat of the Jews and their exile to Babylon (600 B.C.):
“Because of your great guilt, numerous sins, I have done this to you” (Jer. 30: 15).
In God’s great love, God vowed to bring them back home and renew their covenant, “You shall be my people, and I will be your God.” This simply means that if they will be faithful to Him, He will be their God who provides and protects. Likewise with us, if we will be faithful to Him, this will allow God’s provision and protection to flow to us as if like rain.
In the Transfiguration, whose feast we celebrated the past week, the Divinity of Jesus blazed forth in might and splendor. The Father Himself testified, “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him”, giving Jesus the supreme authority over all nations of all time:
“His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7: 14).
Moses and Elijah appeared, in what Fr. Armand confirmed symbolized the Law and the Prophets: Moses to testify that Jesus’ way of Love is the heart of the Ten Commandments, and Elijah to testify that Jesus is the Savior foretold by all the ancient prophets. In the presence of His inner circle of Apostles Peter, James and John, who Jesus established as His New Church leaders and their witnessing of this majestic event to prove that Jesus is not just a myth (2 Pt. 1: 17). This Transfiguration event gives us a peek of what entering into His Glory means. It gives us the inspiration and courage to pursue our faith with more vigor knowing that all our efforts won’t be in vain. Heaven will be too hard to resist. But there will be trials and tests along the way. This will bring out the best or the worst in us. As in the times of Jesus there will always be persecutions against the Church. We can’t be comfortable with our faith. Our faith will always be tried.
Fr. Armand succinctly said: “As we grow in faith, there is transfiguration. From long and specific, our prayers become simpler, become quieter”. We become more trusting, knowing that we have an all-knowing, all-powerful God who is ever in control of our lives.
Are we fully convinced of Jesus Christ power and dominion over us all? Are we growing to be more patient, humble and loving to our neighbor? Do our prayers transfigure us?