In today’s Gospel reading (Mark 9:2-10), I find it most interesting that Peter is referred to as “hardly knowing what to say” because he and James and John were “so terrified”! What is most profound is how right after a “cloud came, casting a shadow over them,” the disciples hear God the Father say: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” At that moment, the disciples’ hearts were transformed from being filled with fear into being filled with awe! The “cloud” that came over them was the Holy Spirit, and only He had the power to turn their fear into understanding– and consequently, awe!
The Holy Spirit, the Third Divine Person of the Holy Trinity, is often overlooked. Yet only by the Holy Spirit are we able to profess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God with our lips (1 Corinthians 12:3)!
Many times in my life, most especially when I am afraid like these disciples were while witnessing the Transfiguration of Christ, I pray to the Holy Spirit. I ask the Holy Spirit to kindle Himself in my heart. I know that when I am afraid, that is when I need Him the most– because it is my fear that is holding me back from something glorious in my life… something awe-some!
When I fear anything in my life, including letting God draw me nearer, it means that God is calling me trust in Him, to throw myself into that cloud that is His Holy Spirit, that He may have His way in me and my life!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.