August 6, 2013

The Gospel Today

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Lk. 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.

Reflection (Sem. Ramon C. Jamora, Jr.):

“This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.” In these Words of the Father, He summarizes what we are to do as Christians, to follow Jesus. There are so many things which Jesus instructs us to do. The rich young man needs to leave everything behind. Treat others with mercy like the ‘good Samaritan’. The apostles are to bring nothing for their mission to preach. The number of ways to follow Jesus is overwhelming.

Allow me to limit my reflection of the whole Gospel passage and take from it how we are to follow Jesus. The Gospel presents us with a beautiful scene, a glorious moment for the apostles to witness. Seeing Jesus in His glory discussing or may be receiving consolation from Moses and Elijah, the two famous and holy characters in the Old Testament, because of His coming Passion.

There are two movements which I see is important for us to take note and perhaps emulate from Jesus. First, Jesus moving to the mountains to pray with some of His apostles, and Jesus meeting with Moses and Elijah. I believe the action of Jesus suggests that we must live in community. Jesus, even with His Divinity and as God, does not need any adviser or consultants because of His immense wisdom and knowledge. But He recognizes the need of a community, of others.

I have been a member of a Christian community and I can say that because of this community I have grown in faith and love. Perhaps Jesus is inviting us today to find ourselves in a community. In community, we see people helping each other. They build houses for the poor, construct Churches or chapels for distant places, teach the unlearned, and extend goods to the needy. But most especially, give praise and worship to God as a Church, as one community, and as one family. These are just some of the many reasons of what a community can do and live. Collectively, we can do more. As a community, we can make things happen.

Our Church is a community, our family is a community. What now can we do to build this community? Perhaps we can contribute our talents in singing and playing with the choir. A good modulated voice can proclaim the Words of God. Young men can be servers of the altar. To be in community is just one way of following Jesus. But to follow requires action. Let us always remember that what we give in community is our way of following Jesus, little by little every day.

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