Let’s stay up on the mountain
When Peter and the other two disciples experience the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, they want to stay there. The temptation is to want to separate the divine and mundane, the spiritual world and the physical one. Jesus will have none of that.
Upon renewing his deep communion with the Father in prayer, Jesus comes down from the mountain. Moses had brought down from the mountain the Ten Commandments written on stone. Jesus comes down with the law of love written in his heart. In him, the law and the prophets are fulfilled because he lives out the human vocation while being in communion with God perfectly. The divine life is to be found in living human life and discovering there the presence of God. The spiritual world is the physical one that is lived in love with others. Communion with God does not take us above humanity, it immerses us in it. Love will not end in frustration and death, but rather will transform and bring new life to those who believe.
We are called to intimacy with God and Lent is the perfect time to renew that intimacy. However, staying up on some spiritual mountain is not a sign of true spiritual experience unless it transforms us into loving persons who see the divine in the here and now and sharing the joys and pains of the journey with those we find along the way.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC