Imagine being one of three disciples like Peter, James and John who were invited personally by Jesus to accompany him on a trip up a mountain. I am not sure the height of the mountain was important to the story but what is certain is that Jesus led them to a place away from the crowds, and shared with them an event that was meant to solidify for them who he was. So when the face of Jesus shone like the sun and his clothes turned to pure white they were astonished! And there with them on that mountain were Moses and Elijah, two very important figures to the Jewish people, because for centuries their faith journey included the story of the lives of these two holy men. But there was more. They heard the voice of God, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” How might that message change their lives? How might that message change our lives? “Listen to him.” Listen to the Son of God and take into your heart what he is saying. Listen and become a kinder, gentler, more compassionate person. Listen to him and reach out to the poor, the oppressed and those who live on the fringe of society. This message was not new for the Jewish people, for the prophets of old had always called the people to justice and mercy for the poor. But now, the Son of God, Jesus Christ comes to teach the same message. How that must of confirmed their belief in what the prophets had professed for ages!
As Christians we continue to be challenged by what Jesus taught about caring for the poor. We must commit to opening our hearts and engaging with one another in such ways that we might assist in leveling the playing field, if you will, so that the distribution of wealth and opportunity does not continue for some while others fall victim to poverty. During the Lenten season we hear again how we are to pray, fast and give alms. We must certainly include the poor in our prayers and we must work together as a society to affect change, sharing the wealth we have been it seems everyone is looking for a donation for something. Perhaps what we need most is to first spend time with God in prayer asking for the wisdom we need to make right decisions about the many ways we might live out our baptismal call to be Christ to all of God’s people. No one of us has the ability to make right all the injustice in the world, but we, as the Body of Christ can each do our part. Let us bring our thoughts, our concerns, and our intentions to God in prayer that we might embrace our role in making right the injustice in our world. We know by faith that God will support our efforts, provide opportunity and grant us joy and peace as we engage to serve the poor. We might then hear the voice of God saying about us, “This is my beloved child with whom I am well pleased.”
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC