Listen to Him

August 6, 2022 – Feast of the Transfiguration

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from or inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” (Luke 9:28-36)

LISTEN TO HIM: I will be preaching at a Mass this morning for the newest students at Guerin Catholic – the Class of 2026 – and their parents. The gospel today has an important message for them.

The gospel tells the story of the Transfiguration. The always impetuous Peter is at it again. While taking in this awe-inspiring event on the top of the mountain, he immediately goes into “what we need to do next mode.” He suggest they build three tents – one for Moses, one for Elijah, and one for Jesus. However, Luke wrote, “But he did not know what he was saying.”

While still speaking about his plan, the voice of God interrupts him: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

God was saying, “Stop! Be in THIS moment. Take in the beauty and awe of THIS experience!”

Oftentimes, we are too busy thinking ahead to truly appreciate what is happening in the here and now. I will encourage the students and their parents to take in the “high school experience.” The four years will go by in the blink of an eye.

Take it all in. Embrace the beauty of forming relationships, growing in your faith, and finding your passions. Be PRESENT.

The future will come soon enough. Don’t grow old and look back with regret on what you missed, people you never really got to know, and opportunities that went undiscovered.

Live each day with a grateful heart. Be present to both circumstances and the people you’ll encounter. Take in God’s grace.

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