If you’re anything like me (hi fellow sinners!) I feel like I’m constantly asking God for answers, and clear signs. I’ll pray over a question for what feels like forever, and many times I’ve yelled out in frustration, “God why don’t You speak to me? Can’t you just let me hear Your voice for once??” This Sunday’s Gospel is one that hits me hard and leads me to humbly ask God for His forgiveness, because the prayer I sometimes yell in frustration, God directly answers. As Andrew points out in today’s video, God the Father speaks directly from the heavens to Peter, James, and John, in the midst of Jesus’ miraculous transfiguration. All God says, (and honestly, what else do we need Him to say?) is “This is my beloved Son — Listen to Him.”
God sends us these words because He delights in us! He loves us with an unending love, and His only wish is to be one with us. He sends us these words to draw us into a deeper relationship with His Son, and ultimately with Himself. To listen to Jesus, we need to go to him, we need to encounter Him. In listening to Him, we find all the answers we will ever need! I need the reminder to go to Jesus daily, and some days its hard to find time in my schedule. I know I need to make time. The God of the Universe is waiting for me (and you!) to listen to what He has to say! Will you commit to making more time for Jesus with me? Let’s run to him, eager to obey the Father’s command, to listen to his beloved Son.
In part two of our series on Freedom, we talk about freedom from shame. As Catholics we can talk about “Catholic guilt.” Shame is not guilt, but rather the lie we believe that God can’t love us because of what we done or what’s been done to us.