March 13, 2022
Sometimes it is hard to believe in Jesus. Sometimes it seems impossible… How can the Transfiguration help?
- Many people have lost all faith in God. They feel God is absent and not sensing His presence. So many people are falling away from faith.
- Faith is EASY when you can see the clear results of His divine glory as the apostles did by witnessing the miracles, healings, exorcisms and the Transfiguration.
- Faith becomes HARDER when it calls us to believe without seeing or feeling. The apostles experienced this when they saw Jesus as an ordinary man in normal situations and they felt the weight of their own humanity, pridefulness and selfishness.
- Faith becomes IMPOSSIBLE when belief is beyond all human understanding and reason as the apostles experienced during Jesus’ passion and the terrible trial that they were going to face when not only do they not see God, but all the signs seem to indicate that what they believed in was false.
- God gives us apparitions, miracles, healings, personal experiences and His holy word in scriptures as graces to strengthen our faith.
- When we don’t feel God’s presence is oftentimes the moment when prayers are most important.
- Mass is a prayer to strengthen us as a community to support each other with the understanding that we are in this battle together.
There are three stages of faith. One, when it is easy because we can see, such as the example of the Transfiguration. A second, when sometimes faith is harder, because it’s calling us to believe without seeing, without feeling. The third situation is believing, when it’s almost impossible, believing beyond all human understanding and reason.
God continues to give us help through miracles, through healings, through other manifestations, sometimes even just personal experiences, through the word of God, the Scripture, through prayer and through gathering together, community with the saints and angels in Heaven, a community with our brothers here on earth. The Mass is a prayer to strengthen us, it’s not just something we do by ourselves, but we gather together. We have also, hidden, the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.