iServi News | 6 March 2020 | Term 1, Week 5
Second week of the Lenten Season
Last Sunday, Jesus brought us to the top of the mountain where he transfigured in front of His three disciples, Peter, James and John. In the bible, the top of the mountain is an important site when it comes to communicating with God.
From the mountain top we can see the whole surroundings: the roads, the buildings, the trees and the houses. Personally, standing on the top of the mountain and looking far away from the city or from the place where we spend most of our time, I feel so much peace and serenity. It seems that I want to stay longer in that place where I can enjoy beautiful moments and be away from daily responsibilities and problems. No doubt Peter felt the same thing when he was on that mountain together with Jesus.
In our own faith, we have our mountain that we climb every Sunday and where we can experience the presence and receive the grace of God. This is our Church where we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. A place where we want to stay for a long time with the Lord and somehow, we don’t want to go home and back to our daily works. But Jesus reminded them and us to face the reality of life in the lowland or in the city. To go back and continue our mission in life.
Jesus showed us the bigger picture of our life from the top of the mountain. Remember the words of the Father, “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him”.
As we continue this season of Lent, let us listen to Jesus and take his Body and Blood as our strength and power to face the reality and challenges of life.
Fra Ruben Cardona, OSM