“Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” These Gospel words in Luke 28b-36 are jewels for greater faith. They enable us to think about that precise moment, that holy hour when in human history God spoke aloud. There are only a few places in Holy Scripture when God speaks in words to anyone. This is one of those rare times. What would you do if God spoke directly to YOU? Would you listen? Would you believe what you hear? Would you think maybe you need to check your hearing? What would you think if God, the Holy Father spoke directly to you with His almighty words and wisdom uttered aloud into your own frail imperfect ears?
None of us are Moses or Elijah. We are not Peter, James or John. Rather you are you and I am me. We are holy children of God, modern disciples of our Holy Redeemer Jesus Christ and recipients of countless gifts granted unto us by the Holy Spirit. When God speaks to us or through us, do we listen and acknowledge our Lord’s presence in our daily lives? Do we speak words rooted in our faith? Do our words also extend comfort, good counsel and divine love? Where are we in our contemporary role as modern disciples of Christ? Where are you on this matter?
Our Father who art in heaven is the One who has invited you and I and all his modern disciples to make some time to draw near, to find comfort and consolation in His company and to learn to love even those you might not like. Within every human being is a cloud of unknowing. We are born with that reality. Only prayer, faith, greater hope, courage, steadfast trust and greater understanding can build a strong foundation on which you, myself, and all who desire to be Christ’s modern disciples can truly discover more fully His infinite divine love, mercy and justice. As we grow in our love for Christ we also grow in our understanding toward, Christ and possess greater knowledge about our beloved Savior and are thus able to obtain and more firmly possess heartfelt trust. I pray you will use your own “language of the heart”…that is prayer. You, through prayer, are the voice for those who all too often lack in faith. They are good people…kind, thoughtful, patient and so forth. However, as a part of our human family, many are struggling.
May you and I and all who freely choose to walk humbly in the company of Christ be willing to gather in Church to pray together as one communal body of Christ. Use that great and powerful gift of prayer which you yourself have been granted by God. Please pray for our parish, our local Church, and all who are in search of greater knowledge, greater understanding and greater faith. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened. Listen to God’s ancient holy words. Become a modern disciple of Christ and grow in your faith and service unto others. Then, may you be at peace with God and humanity. AMEN.
-Father Michael Briese