Grace to you!
We have many questions in our spiritual life. We have questions about some truths that are too deep to grasp, questions about the depth of God, questions about eternity, questions about Christ and the mystery of God becoming man. Trinity? Suffering? Nature of eternity? Etc., etc. Religious experience is full of questions.
Sometimes, I stay in the quiet of the chapel, looking at Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament simply to ask questions. The more questions I ask, the deeper the spiritual curiosity. I come back from the experience with more questions.
Surprisingly, those questions do not make less my faith in the Lord. They actually increase my hunger to get to the deep sea of divine life or ply into what St. John of the Cross calls the “rich mine.”
I sense that in heaven all questions will vanish in the presence of God, who is the answer to all questions. I believe this. We won’t need to ask why this or that; what is this? Who is this or that? We’ll simply adore and praise, having found in that instant of eternity that all questions are already answered.
I read the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain (Mt. 17:1-13). I observe how the three apostles (Peter, James and John) who journeyed with Jesus to the mount wanted to remain on top of the mountain. Peter in particular didn’t want to go down from the mountain having seen a glimpse of the glory of the Lord. The glory left them speechless. All questions vanished into the thin air. In the presence of divine glory, there will be no more questions. All we will have is The Answer—Yes!
After the transfiguration, on their way down from the mountain, when the glory vanished, Peter, James and John began to ask questions. Down where human limitations are, questions arise. The apostles’ question flows from their amazement. When they saw the Lord’s glory on the mountain, they were speechless. Before then, they had seen Jesus as a great man or prophet, but on the mountain, they grasped the heavenly truth that Jesus is the Messiah.
They had one question to reconcile what they had seen on the mountain and the prophesies concerning the messiah. "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"(Mt 17:10). Here again they have the answer. The Lord declares that Elijah had already come. He was John the Baptist, but the people didn’t recognize him.
Here is the lesson I learn from this: I may have many questions. It’s natural. It’s shows my level of growth in the mystery of the faith.
My answer is in Christ who opens my eyes to see the richness of his revelations in my everyday life and in his body the Church. I can see him in my neighbor, see him in unfamiliar places and see him in the Sacred Liturgy. The answer to my deepest questions is Christ, Emmanuel—God with us.
On this Day 14 of Advent, we pray for the gift of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday Advent Week 2 B: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Mt 17:9a, 10-13]
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations this Advent Season.