This event of Jesus’ life is remembered at different times in the liturgical year. In the Lenten Season it is remembered so we will reaffirm our faith in the divinity of the one who will have died for us, and at this time of the year to remember and meditate about the importance of part of the life of Jesus.
I would like to direct our attention to the words: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him…”
The first part of the sentence is mentioned also in the baptism of the Lord, expressing the relationship of Jesus with his Father. The second part is for us about how we relate to the Father and the Son. It is a command to listen. I believe that listening is one of the most import actions in all relationship.
Listening is something you should consider as a virtue. Let me explain why. When we listen, we give others the priority. Your thoughts, words and ideas are not important. The important things are the others and what they want to say. If you look, you will find that it is easy to find someone who will talk to you, but is more difficult to find the person who just will be quiet and listen to you. In the same way, we appreciate when someone listens to us, but we also need to listen.
However, when we listen to others, sometimes it is for their benefit, sometimes for ours. But when we listen to the Son, who the Father commands us to do in the gospel, it’s for our well-being. Listening to God is the key for the fulfillment of Gods plan for us.
In the Jewish tradition and the first testament, the importance of listening is. The introduction of the commandments in the book of Deuteronomy; “Listen, O Israel, to the Laws which I speak in your hearing today. (Dt. 5:1), and the tradition had collected the importance of the act of listening that many of their prayers start with the Sh’ma Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad. /Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. (Taken from Dt 6:1).
In the today’s gospel, there is more than an invitation, but a command to listen to the Son. This listening applied to his teachings the words that he pronounces when he was among us, and it extends also to the way he lived, and in our days to also to listen to what he wants us to do.
Every time we pray the Our Father we say: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And we know that we are the hands of God in many things. How can we do the will of God if we don’t know it, if we don’t listen to what he has to say, not to the world in general, but to me as an individual.
Listening to Him is the key, and at the same time it is not a one-time thing. It is a lifelong commitment, and it is in listening to Him that we will find the answer to our questions, concerns and doubts. And listening to him, we will become more similar with him, and maybe we will be his voice for others to listen.