The disciples particularly Peter were very ecstatic as evidenced in Peter’s suggestion that three tents in honor of three great men be built and they remain there. There was no need to go back to the noisy and confusing world. They wanted that moment to last forever. But Jesus is adamant that they return. It was not yet time for them to depart from the world.
Perhaps we can identify with Peter and his companions. We remember the moments when Jesus seems very close. These beautiful experiences with the Lord, however, do not last forever, neither should we live like they will or should last forever. To live and work, to love the Lord daily is something that we will have to continue to actualize in life. The challenge then is to see the Lord in the most ordinary situations and moments in daily living. Yet we cannot deny that we need to be encouraged in our journey with the Lord especially when things seem to be very difficult and falling apart.
Jesus warns them not to talk about this marvelous experience until it had been fulfilled. And we know from Scriptures how the apostles became bold enough to proclaim the Risen Lord only after they received the Holy Spirit during Pentecost.
This advice of Jesus to Peter and his companions not to share the transforming experiences is something that we were not given. Yet, ironically, some of us seem hesitant to share our experiences. All of us have had religious experiences when we felt how much God loves us, how He continues to be gracious with His many gifts, how He has forgiven us. Yet, we need to ask ourselves whether we have been generous in sharing these experiences with others. Or have we simply resort to sharing these moments when it is convenient for us?
During this Season of Lent, our celebration may become more meaningful not only through the sharing of material resources but also when we share our experiences of God. Let us share our moments with God especially with those whom we feel are being left out by the Church and those who seem to lose hope.
We are familiar with the insight “The gift one receives, give it freely.” God will never be outdone in generosity. Like Abraham who was at a loss when God asked him to offer his son in sacrifice; Abraham’s heart was pained and his mind confused. Yet Abraham trusted God and God did not let him down. God blessed him generously.
During this season of Lent, let us consider and reflect on how we can
best encounter God in our prayers or in our daily lives. Let us share
our encounters of God with others.