The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus last Aug 6 taught me something that only the eyes of someone willing to learn can see.
I would often think of how privileged the friends of the Lord to have been with Him the whole time especially in moments of confirmation of his identity and mission by the Father. But, how is this relevant to us, to us who have not seen and heard the Lord as did the disciples? The element of prayer comes into my mind. It is in prayer that we experience this feast. During prayer, we are being transfigured and gradually configured to the person of Jesus. As we fix our gaze on Jesus, and contemplate his being indeed, we behold the face of the Son. This beholding is not confined to the chapel or church. Our meditation or contemplation is not us ascending to God but He descending amongst us. The challenge for us is to recognize his presence amongst us – the crowd in our midst.
I was in the airport waiting for my boarding time, I happened to catch a conversation between two female foreigners and a maintenance attendant on the ground. Listening to them, the attendant was asked how to find a way to check some schedules of flights, in which she confidently responded “bring with you your boarding pass and present it to the guard. And they’ll let you go out.” To the foreigners’ surprise, the two left filled with gratitude to her. As I was staring at her, I gave her a thumb’s up sign. I just want to affirm her of a great job done! She returned a beautiful smile to me.
What shines out in that event? For an ordinary sets of eyes, it’s just one of the many episodes of airport inquiries. However, for me, it was more of a complex sight of beholding. A sight beholding the virtue of politeness and kindness. A sight beholding gratefulness. A sight beholding a person affirmed.
Education not coupled with virtues is nothing but a clanging cymbals. Learning is more than just knowledge, rather it is a life of witnessing, of enfleshing the things you learned.
Learning is beyond books we read, beyond words we hear.
Let us learn from simple events that comes to us.!