Have you had mountain top experiences? It seems that mountain top experiences happen when we least expect them. We are now in the middle of Lent when hopefully we have taken time for prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Lent is a time when we hope to deepen our relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ. We have just recently heard the words from the Gospel of Luke where the Transfiguration is described. The apostles, Peter, James and John join Jesus on the mountain to spend time in prayer. Although they fall asleep they experience a Jesus, who fills them with awe and wonder. Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah. The apostles hear a voice saying, “This is my chosen Son, listen to him.” They are so overwhelmed that they can do no more than ponder what they have experienced.
What of us? Do we have mountain top experiences? I think we do if we are paying attention to life. It might be in the silence of prayer. We are used to using many words, but often it is good just to be silent in the presence of God. God needs to be given a chance to speak to our inner being through the Holy Spirit. We might have mountain top experiences when out in nature. We are overwhelmed with the beauty we see and God’s goodness. At other times a mountain top experience might be in our relationship with others. We might come to know a deep love that enables us to understand more fully God’s divine love. Sometimes a mountain top experience might occur when we realize we are joined with others who are experiencing suffering. We then become more fully aware of the suffering that Jesus experienced. Let us be open to mountain top experiences because through them we become more aware of the deep and abiding love that God has for us through his son, Jesus Christ. Listening to the Holy Spirit can lead us to a deeper awareness of what God wants from us. May our Lenten journey bring us to a transformation that enables us to grow in our relationship with God. Be attentive to life.
– Helen Ackermann