Listening by Heart

06 August 2019. Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Reflection (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)

One of the pillars of seminary formation is spiritual life. With the help of our spiritual director, I trace in the many events in seminary formation where God is present in my vocation journey. God speaks to me through others. Sometimes, God speaks through my struggles by sending someone with a helping hand or an ear that is ready to listen to my doubts and problems.

            Even in spiritual life, there are struggles. There are periods when the sky seems to grow dark on the road to perfection, and the earth to give way beneath our feet. There are hours of sorrow and desolation when bleakness surrounds the poor, afflicted soul and the heart is like a cold, heavy stone. But with the light coming from God, I am able to penetrate the secret of pain and succeed in glimpsing the profound and divine reason for these consolations. Pain gives us joy; it consoles us. But why? Maybe, because it purifies us. But there is something more: pain is giving. To suffer for love is to give ourselves in a very perfect way. To the one we love, we can give our smiles, our glances, our words, and the works of our hands. But when we suffer, we give something more: we give our blood—the noble “blood” of our heart. As St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus said, “I found happiness and joy in the world, but only in pain.”

            The mystery of Jesus’ Transfiguration is a glimpse of what awaits us when we follow Him every step of the way, that is, up to the Cross and Resurrection. Listening by heart is a grace that only the Lord can give. Listening to the voice of the Master enables us to find happiness and joy in the midst of our trials and difficulties for with Him, our joy will be complete.

The Gospel Today

Luke 9: 28B – 36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James 
and went up a mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance 
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, 
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus 
that he was going to accomplish 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 part from him, Peter said to Jesus, 
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking, 
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that 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.

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