IntroductionAs often as possible, I listen to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle's commentaries on the weekly Sunday readings on the You Tube videos produced by Jesuit Communications. What I find so attractive is the Cardinal's simple, joyous way of expressing the message of God. Soon the Cardinal will participate in the papal Conclave to elect a new pope for our Holy Catholic Church. Let's keep him and the other Cardinal's in our prayers.
This week Cardinal Tagle focuses attention on the notion of covenant as expressed through Abraham, St. Paul, and Jesus. In short, a covenant is about the relationship between God and the person who has faith in God's promises.
First Reading: Genesis 15: 5 -12, 17-18
|God told Abram to look up at the sky and count the stars.|
So the covenant was not about the progeny or the land, but a relationship between Abram and God. Abram believed because God is a God of truth and God's word is reliable. Abram's focus was on God even if God's words seemed impossible. He trusted God.
Second Reading: Philippians 3: 17 - 4:1
Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 28b - 36According to Cardinal Tagle Jesus maintained a covenant relationship with his Father through prayer. In this Gospel account Jesus was in prayer with three of the apostles, Peter, James, and John, who were still in shock after hearing of Jesus' prediction of his Passion. They were near despair because they had focused on worldly ambitions and dreams.
While in prayer a theophany happened. Jesus' clothes became dazzling white, a sign of his covenant with his Father and a foretaste of the Resurrection. Moses and Elijah appeared and conversed with Jesus. And a voice was heard emanating from a cloud. It said, "This is my chosen Son. Listen to him." Then there was silence.
The video is Cardinal Tagle's commentary on the Transfiguration.
1) How can I remain faithful to God's covenant with us?
2) How can I dispose myself to listen to Jesus?