Listen To Jesus, The Son Of God
Readings: 1st: Gen 22, 1-2. 9-18; Ps 115, 10. 15-19; 2nd: Rom 8, 31-34: Gos: Mc 9, 2-10
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today marks the beginning of the second week of our Journey with Christ. Today Christ is revealed through his transfiguration as the son of God. The only thing that God demands from us is: “Listen to him!” If we listen to Christ, we shall be successful in our journey with him this season.
In our first reading from Genesis, Abraham was put to test and he remained faithful to God. God did not require him to do anything that He Himself would not do. In fact, the command to Abraham to offer his only son prefigures how God would later offer his own son for our salvation. God prevented the sacrifice of Isaac because, Abraham’s faith was firm.
What do we learn from Abraham today? The first is that he was attentive to the word of God and obeyed God’s command. The second is his trust in God. The is third is, his generosity towards God. This is a season to pause, and to ask God: “Please Lord, what must I do to make you happy? The answer is simple. We must be ready to listen to God and, to do what he asks us to do as Abraham did.
Our second reading is very encouraging because it is full of hope. This is especially, during this season of Lent. Paul offers us three assurances: “There is no opposition; there is no condemnation; and there is no separation.” This is because: “God graciously gave His Son for us.” So, like Abraham, God was not selfish. Rather, He willingly gave up his Son for our sake: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (Jn 3:16).
This means that, God is ready to do anything good to save us. All that we need to do is to continue to listen to Christ attentively. God is ready to make sure that we get to our destination this season, because Christ is with us on our journey.
Today’s gospel from Mark, presents the scene of the transfiguration of Jesus. He manifests his glory to three of his disciples. The transfiguration reflects the divinity of Jesus. Transfiguration is simply a glimpse of the gift and glory of God. Today, Christ reveals his future Glory. However, to attain the fullness of this glory, He must first suffer and be crucified. This is a road that we must also walk to partake in this glory.
Like the second reading, todays gospel is a message of hope. This is because God revealed to us the glory which will be ours through Christ. God spoke eloquently and confirms the lordship of Jesus Christ: “This is my beloved…” However, He demands only one thing from us: “Listen to him!”
Listening to Christ means transforming our lives and changing our ways. It means living according to the word of God we hear every day. Listening to Jesus means obeying His will and paying attention to what the church teaches us every day.
So, Christ speaks to us through the poor and the marginalized; through the defenseless, through the sick; through the abandoned old people; through the abandoned children in our streets; through the millions of aborted babies all over the world. Christ speaks to us through our lonely neighbors who need some care. Christ speaks to us through families and communities in difficulties.
Finally, if we respond to these quickly, rather than being indifferent, then we have listened to Jesus Christ, the beloved son of God. If we do this well, then, “we are walking in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Peace be with you!