Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!
Waiting, waiting, waiting. How much of your life is spent waiting with anxiety for test results…or to hear a teenager’s key in the door at night…or in a slow line at the supermarket. The frustration about most waiting seems to be simply the not knowing.
In today’s gospel, the apostles see sights and sounds which they can’t understand: Jesus, Moses, and Elijah are being brilliantly transformed in glory on the mountain top—and the real waiting is just beginning! Jesus will die and be taken from them. They cannot live in the constant glory of the mountain-top—and neither can we.
We know that our life purpose is to have a deep, life-changing relationship of love with God. But, if we have not had a “mountain-top experience” with Jesus, we may feel that the waiting is getting old and cold. Where does this leave us? First, we make a very human mistake in thinking that we have NOT seen Jesus in his glory. It’s just that the mountain-top we were on with Jesus might have been a hospital delivery room, where we gave birth or watched our baby being born. Or perhaps in a bedroom where we witnessed the blessed death of a “good and faithful servant” whom we will love forever.
We do not have to see God Almighty with human eyes to know God’s glory is with us. Sometimes God’s glory comes to us as God’s Mystery. When we touch the Mystery of life, death, birth, suffering, healing…God’s glory is there. It’s also there when we get together with friends sharing a meal and perhaps, when we laugh until we cry . . . ride our horse, romp with the dogs and cuddle with the cat—when we feel grateful for all this beauty . . . we are in glory, are we not?
And it all sharpens our longing for the only One who can ever satisfy our longing hearts.
“Lent, therefore, invites us to focus, first of all on the Almighty, in prayer, which frees us from that horizontal and mundane life where we find time for self but forget God. It then invites us to focus on others, with the charity that frees us from the vanity of acquiring and of thinking that things are only good if they are good for me. Finally, Lent invites us to look inside our heart, with fasting, which frees us from attachment to things and from the worldliness that numbs the heart. Prayer, charity, fasting: three investments for a treasure that endures” (Pope Francis, Lenten Message, 2019).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May you enjoy this day and remember that St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was first a foremost a zealous evangelizer who brought the Good News of the Gospel to the people of Ireland who were living in difficult times. He was on fire with love of Jesus Christ and nothing could stop him from proclaiming the Gospel of salvation. St. Patrick, pray for us! Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie, Christ when I sit, Christ when I rise,
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me,
Salvation is of the LORD,
Salvation is of the LORD,
Salvation is of the Christ,
May your salvation, O LORD be ever with us.
Saint Patrick, A Prayer
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish