Jesus goes to pray

The WORDS in Other Words by Fr Emmanuel Menguito SVD (Philippines)

Most people when facing a hard decision in life usually resort to asking other people what they have to do. I believe such is an essential step that one has to take. One consults an expert on the matter, an older person who is presumably more experienced in life, or someone who has gone through a similar situation in one’s life to be able to come to a better decision.

The Transfiguration episode is not much different from this common human situation. Jesus has encountered a difficult situation in which he needed to be sure as to what step to take. Yes, he was human being too just like you and me and he did not have the answers to many questions either.

Going up the mountain of Tabor, he was confirmed in his decision to take the way of the cross to save humankind. The presence of Moses, the greatest lawgiver in Jewish history and Elijah, considered as the greatest prophet of Israel and them talking to Jesus are surely suggestive of the two greatest personalities in history telling Jesus that he is making the right decision. But of course the greatest affirmation of Jesus comes from the Father Himself who calls His Son Beloved.

How do you go about making hard decision in your life? Do you take time to reflect on your situation, to weight things, to see the positives and negatives of the different choices and alternatives before you? We surely can take the cue from Jesus Himself. There is a need to consult those who we believe can help us come to a decision which would be the most appropriate and beneficial to us and to those who will be beneficiaries of a good decision.

More than these, do we consider God and what he wants of us when we make such decisions? As they say, many plans (and certainly many decisions) become the best ones because one has done so on his/her knees. We can never underestimate the power of prayer in our decision making process. Jesus, our Lord has shown as the best example. He consulted His Father. I am of the belief that we can do no less than Him.

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