By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC
The three disciples who were privileged to witness the Transfiguration didn’t know what to say or do, so much were they overwhelmed at this apparition. They were given a glimpse of Jesus in all His glory and majesty. It was awesome, humbling and stunning. It was another mystery of God. They heard the voice of God issue a powerful message meant not just for Peter, James and John, but for each one of us. It was one simple command: “Listen.” It brought the three to their knees. Listening is hard work for most of us. It requires us to be still and be open to someone who has something to say that we need to hear. It’s like the small child trying to get her father’s attention at the end of his busy day. She wanted to tell him something important, something that would melt their hearts together. But he was still too distracted by his busy life. Sensing this, the daughter grasped her father’ face between her small hands, pulled his face squarely in front of hers and said, “Daddy, listen to me.” It was a transforming role reversal for the man. But he got the point. He put his distractions aside, sat on the floor with his daughter and experienced the greatest moment of his day.
This is what God is trying to do for all of us. With gentle and loving hands, God is saying, “Listen to Me.” If we could just slow down, drop our distractions and really listen, there’s no telling what might happen.