Sunday, February 24, 2013

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Mystical experiences are rather common in the Bible.

Today, Abraham has an experience of God. He even "falls into a trance" and, through a dark and mysterious vision, God makes his covenant with Abraham.

One of the most famous and familiar mystical experiences happens for three of the apostles in the Transfiguration. Three things happen in this experience. As Jesus is praying, his face changes in appearance and his clothes dazzle. Then, suddenly, two men — Moses and Elijah — appear in glory and began speaking with Jesus. Last of all, a cloud comes over them, casts a shadow, and a voice — God — speaks from the cloud.

In this mystical moment they heard the voice of God and experienced his glory. But the moment passed. They returned from this mystical moment to the daily routine and looking up to see the Jesus with whom they had gone up on the mountain. What is/was the relationship of this mystical moment to their ordinary routine? A very normal human moment became, for just a moment, a divine experience. God’s glory touched these three apostles in a way that drew them into a new knowledge of Jesus. This experience would never be equaled – at least until the Resurrection.

Do we have such mystical experiences that transform us? Should we expect them? Very ordinary experiences can sometimes be infused with a touch of the divine that is hard to define or explain. We see or know something differently because deep in our spirit, something happens that reveals something new to us. We feel God’s peace. We sense great joy. We suddenly are drawn into love.

This Lent, perhaps, will open the mystical to us as we journey in spirit toward Jerusalem with Jesus to once again commemorate and celebrate his death and Resurrection.

Hopefully, we will know that God has spoken to us and we will hear him say: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142.

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