Monday, August 6, 2012

The Dark Lining

"As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant."

The dark lining of today's Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord is the Mount Golgotha on the horizon of our lives, its place, its painful meaning in the perspective of the Mount Tabor and the instrumental role of what happened on top of it on Good Friday in the plan of salvation of humankind and the world, the following Holy Saturday and the morning of the Resurrection...

From the top of the Mount Tabor you will see clearly the Mount Golgotha on the horizon...

The three disciples wanted to make permanent shelters for Jesus and the Old Testament Fathers on the Mount Tabor. Who does not like the moments of elation, glory, utmost happiness and awesomeness to last forever?

Yet Jesus descended from the mountain quickly - and the ultimate direction was Calvary, Golgotha. 

I believe the moment like these on the Mount Tabor are times of rest, halftimes in the ongoing battle and participation in the plan of salvation that leads to and through Golgotha, Cross, suffering, struggle, pain and death - dying for all this that comes and has to go - people, places, situations, relationships, anything we deem precious to us. We have to let it go, eventually.

What will remain is the reality of the Cross. 

Ave Crux, Spes unica!

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