“While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’” Matthew 17:5
In Sunday’s Gospel reading we have the Transfiguration when Jesus went up a hillside with only Peter, James and John to pray. The passage tells us that Jesus became as brilliant as light taking on a brilliant and dazzling form with two people who they somehow knew were Moses and Elijah – the two greatest Jewish prophets, both of who didn’t die but were taken up to heaven at the ends of their lives.
Peter, as usual, has a bit of a melt down. He panics and doesn’t know what to do so he decides that they should build some tents! In this confusing moment God overshadows Peter and a voice is heard to say “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
Often we can react in a similar way – when we are confronted with unusual or difficult situations we can panic and end up doing something that can worsen a situation, hurt ourselves and others, or just leave us looking or feeling foolish.
Lifeguards cannot interfere with a drowning person until they stop thrashing around. It would appear that God chooses to operate in a similar manner. Life can throw us challenging seasons but instead of stopping and listening to God we thrash about trying to deal with the situation in our strength – which can often make things worse.
Lent calls us to spend more time in prayer, perhaps we could make time to invite God into the areas of our life that are in panic or overwhelming us. Simply spend time in quiet prayer listening, allowing your thoughts settle and find peace. In these times we can hear God the clearest.
Think – when was the last time you listened to God. Can you spare 2 minutes each day to stop and listen.
Father God, help us to trust that you can help us in whatever situations we face. Help us to trust that your word and the teachings of your Church are relevant now in our lives today.
We especially pray for all people who are finding life difficult. May we all make time to listen to your voice this Lent. We make this prayer through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.