Saturday, 23 February 2013
You can experience transfiguration (change for life)
Today is Transfiguration Sunday (Luke 9:28-36).
Today is also the last day of the retreat I am handling. We are about to end with a ritual. While the participants are having their snacks, I take the opportunity to write this article.
The transfiguration of Jesus is an inspiration for all retreatants for the following reasons:
1. God in the mountain. The transfiguration of Jesus happened in a mountain- Mt. Tabor. In the Bible, God’s dwelling is symbolized in a mountain just like the experience of Moses in Mt. Sinai and Jesus in Mt. Tabor. Most of the retreat houses are in the mountain just like where we are now- Benedictine Nuns, Cogon, Digos City. Being here is being with God.
2. Self-transformation. Jesus’ face was transfigured in Mt. Tabor. It is the desire of all retreat masters, with God’s blessings, that retreatants will experience a sort of self-transformation or transfiguration. In my experience, I am blessed to witness many of these experiencse as shared by the retreatants.
3. Commissioning. The highlight of Jesus’ transfiguration is not on the change on his face. Jesus did not remain in Mt. Tabor. He came down and faced his fate in Jerusalem. After the retreat, the last activity is a ritual. It is a commissioning activity. What they experience in the retreat will guide them in their day to day life. In our term, they are sent as apostles of compassion.
This is for the retreatants. However, you don’t need to go on a retreat to experience transfiguration. In our day to day activity, there are times that God will transform us according to His plan.
Some are being transformed by a book, movies or posts in the internet. Some are transformed by a speaker, priest, pastor or seminar facilitator.
What we need is willingness to receive God’s transforming power.
Let the transfiguration of Jesus become our inspiration to be sensitive to God’s interventions in our day to day living.