Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make them. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking with Jesus.
Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.“ For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came this word, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him.“ And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.
As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what ‘to rise from the dead‘ could mean.
“This is my Son, the beloved.” That voice of God speaks also to each one of us since we are the Body of Christ, his brothers and sisters. And so, that voice whispers softly in our hearts: “You are my beloved.”
But the world around us, especially the mass media, are always telling us that we are worthless and unlovable—unless we drive a Mercedes, use this deodorant, wear that brand of jeans, eat that sort of food, and so on. Those voices coming from the world around us are directly contradicting God’s voice telling us “You are my beloved,” because God’s love for us is unconditional. It is freely given. Why? Because it is God’s nature to love (1 Jn 4:8,16), and so he loves even the demons in Hell.
In conclusion, each one of us is faced with a crucial choice: shall we trust God’s gentle voice or the world’s lying voice shouting the opposite?
Let us ignore our perpetual feeling of inadequacy. Let us make the leap of faith and believe with all our hearts the gentle voice of God in the depth of our hearts.
“You are my son, my beloved. You are my daughter, my beloved.”
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