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Gospel Reflection Feast of the Transfiguration Year A – August 6th 2017
Here we go again, they might have said. Another mountain walk. When you’ve seen one mountain you’ve seen them all! But never the same with Jesus going up the mountain – something important would always happen like at the Sermon on the Mount, on Calvary, on the Mount of Olives.
On Tabor they sensed Jesus in his real full self; they heard his father saying ‘this is my son’. And they would listen to his word, and then go back into the ordinary world and live this out there.
The Tabor mountain gave them courage and strength in their lives not to be afraid, as in elderly we worry about our old age, pensions and as time goes on more of our friends die or are no longer around.
In younger years we fear about finding jobs that will last, finding good friendships and marriage, being liked, finding a secure place in life;
In mid-years we may fear for our family and indeed of our future. All times of life have their fears. Fears can cloud our lives – and God is the light in our fears.
We need to go up the mountain to find grace to have strength in our fears, to find the faith, hope and love that addresses fear. Retreat, time of prayer every day, good conversations, a seaside walk. Going up the mountain can be literal, or spending good time with our loved ones. ‘Sometimes when I hold my son in my arms’, said a father, ‘I just love the whole world’.
We need to find the times we are transfigured and live from the transfiguring power of love, creativity and prayer.
Lord, help me to know you more, love you more and serve you more faithfully in my life.
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger