The second Sunday in Lent's Gospel, tells the story of the Transfiguration. Transfigur-what??? In simple terms it tells the story of when Jesus, Peter, James and John went up a mountain so that they could have some space from the crowds. Then Jesus was transfigured and in the midst of this, God's voice is heard to say:
'THIS IS MY SON, THE BELOVED; HE ENJOYS MY FAVOUR. LISTEN TO HIM.'
I love that just before God speaks these words, Peter is talking about how amazing it all is and how he wants to go building tents to mark what has happened. God uses this moment to say to Peter: actually buddy, I want you to stop with the planning and fussing about and LISTEN.
This got me to thinking...do I really make space in my life to listen to Jesus? Am I too busy with uni, work, friends, family, even ministry(!) to stop and tune into Jesus?
This Lent I am going to pay particular attention to how I listen to Him. One way I experience Jesus talking to my heart and mind is by reading the daily readings of the Catholic Church. Another way is by finding a quiet time and space, (kind of like Jesus, Peter, James and John up their mountain) and doing nothing but focussing on my breathing and thinking about Jesus and His love for me. Also, sometimes I can hear Jesus encouraging me through the voice of a loved one's words to me. So ask yourself this... are you listening to Him?