Have you ever been in a situation where this thought came to mind: “Let us build three tents here; I don’t want to leave”? Well, I know I have had some wonderful experiences. The moments were special — I wished they would go on forever. When I attended the Masses this weekend at Northwestern University in search of students who would sign up for our Busy Student Retreat, I had a wonderful experience. I wished for more special moments like that. But, we don’t get to stay in the wonderful experiences forever. To change, we must also be willing to experience the hardships that life gives us.
I wasn’t set on the reflection for this week. As always I look to the Spirit to inspire me and the Spirit never lets me down. Then came the words from 2 Timothy 1:8b: “Bare your share of hardship for the gospel with the STRENGTH that comes from God.” It was as if I heard these words for the first time. During the homily, Fr. Kevin focused on the Transfiguration and those moments we have in common with the Apostles. His words lead me to try and connect STRENGTH and TRANSFIGURATION.
I came to realize that we have the STRENGTH to bare the hardships in life because we have transfiguration moments. All of us have experienced the challenges of everyday life whether it be in family relationships, work situations, community living, friends’ betrayals, sickness or death. If you look at it through Scripture and the life of Jesus, we know that Good Friday is between the Transfiguration and the Resurrection. The glorious face of Jesus offers us STRENGTH during the suffering times. We can always remember our Transfiguration times.
During this week it might be to our advantage to list some of our Transfiguration moments so that when the hardship times come we will have the STRENGTH to continue on to the Easter Moment.
Editor’s note: Sr. Theresita Donach, assistant national vocation director for the CSFNs, shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-298-6760 ext. 223.