Today we have a special celebration in the midst of the Ordinary Time in the Liturgy of the Church; we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. There are two times in the Liturgical Calendar that we reflect on the Transfiguration, the 2nd Sunday of Lent to affirm the Divinity of Christ before his Passion and Death and today, to celebrate the exaltation of Christ to His Glory. The life of Jesus was a journey towards Jerusalem where the Cross was waiting for him. Through the transfiguration Jesus is revealing to us even in the midst of the shadow of the cross that God remains patient. God can never be defeated so the one who believes in him can also never be defeated. Saint Paul says: “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?… No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.” There will be tribulations, sickness and death but the one who believes in him will walk in the midst of all these with faith, hope and love. The fundamental Christian faith is that the life does not come to an end with our death. If a person forgets this then the life here on this earth will be an explosion of whims. Any irrational action sooner or later causes unhappiness and violence and we see enough of that in today’s world. Maybe so many haven’t understood that this life here on this earth serves as a launching pad to heaven, life here on earth earns for us our life in heaven, all the riches that we have are given to us to gain heaven. If one does not understand this, the life transforms itself into a hell even without waiting for it. A faith filled life here on this earth is always a foretaste of heaven. Our journey of faith is challenging, but God will grant us the grace to overcome the obstacles that we encounter. God is with us and with Him, we can do everything! The more we become aware of this, the more it makes us understand perfectly the words of Peter: “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here…” Only God can give us real happiness. We too have experienced the joy of heaven sometimes in our life: the joy of having done something good; the joy that we felt when we could bring a smile to the face of someone who was in pain and suffering, the smile that we bring to the face of those who suffer loneliness when we visit them; the comfort that we experience when we are able to dry the tears of someone. All these moments of joy that we experience are the foretaste of heaven, life with God. During the Transfiguration on the Mount, the disciples heard a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Listening is a difficult task. Listening means to accept the other with our heart. Listening is the “bedrock” of communication. Therefore, one could say that the quality/success of the life we live is most impacted by how well we listen! Nothing will convey our appreciation of and love for another person better than taking the time and making the effort to listen to and understand them. Let us today rededicate ourselves to listening. Let us hear Him as the word of life, the bright morning star of divine life waiting to arise in our hearts. Prayer: Lord Jesus, it is good to have you in the tent of my heart! Come and stay within me. It is good to gaze into your eyes and your loving gaze makes me feel that there is already a change taking place within me! Enter into the tent of my heart, don’t be late! I wish to share with you all that I am and all that I have, all my wishes and dreams! Make haste to come into the tent of my heart and you can make me better! Let me walk on the roads of my life having you in me! It is good to have you and I don’t want to have that joy only for myself. Let me share the joy of having you in my life the same way as your Mother Mary did after the Annunciation! As she went to meet and help her cousin Elizabeth, let me also go to others to share the joy of having you in the tent of my Heart.