Pupa is a life stage of some insects undergoing transformation. It needs inactiveness and patience. But the reward is a beautiful appearance. We can also choose two lifestyles; we can seek inner soul or live with the flow of the world.
Prayer is withdrawal. Sometimes withdrawal is to gain energy. Like a catapult, like a ballista, soul is gaining energy from prayer.
But it is not important where we should pray. We don’t need to wander the desert or forest or mountain to find a place to pray. Jesus said to Samaritan Woman that the time has come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. So places are not important in prayer.
Jesus transformation in the very high mountain is very attractive narration in Bible. The significant thing is Jesus was praying. Then Moses and Elijah appeared. Moses may be considered as the symbol of law. The Ten Commandments come to the earth through him. He laid out the policies between God and Humanity. Elijah may be the most important prophet with all his mighty powers. Now the new low and end of prophesy is in Jesus. Now there is only one law-love. Style of prophecy is changing. The prophets are proclaiming day of God with blood and war. But Jesus preached a new world, a tranquillised meadow where the lion and sheep will walk together and sleep together. In Christ everything is renewed.
Attributes of prayer
The changes to Christ on high mountain lay out the attributes of prayer.
Luminous body conscience:
We are worried about appearance. But all that is important is inner appearance. It is important to recognize there is light behind other’s body like sometimes the modern physics says, aura. In other sense body itself is light. The reason for light is presence of God. The conscience that there is light on other’s body is the answer to every crime- racism, violence, murder or even jealousy. Now as St Paul say- body is temple- is the first step in prayer, realizing body as temple. But that is different to loving own body and ornamenting body and self.
Purpose of Jesus’ life on earth is revealed on the mountain. “This is my Son whom I dearly love. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”
These words are functional address. Every creature had a purpose on earth; even a worm has distinct role-play. It is an answer to the question of soul to God: as Francis asked, what u want me to do? . May be the role is unimportant to us, but important to others. Take the example of a doctor doing life saving operation. For the doctor it is everyday activity but for the patient it is life. The doctor is recreating the environment for him.
Christ’s destiny is death on cross. We are always praying to avoid the cross. But prayer is a discussion of completion of destiny. That is the meaning of the Sound: ‘This is the way, walk ye in it’ Isaiah 30:21.
The state before the clouds engulf the scene represents the most beautiful phase of human life – a state in mother’s womb. We are searching for the safety of womb everywhere. We are searching it in our partner’s hug and in the sanctity of church. The imperative matter to consider is whether we are with God than God is with us.
The disciples spontaneously make a comment: ‘Lord, it’s good that we’re here. If you want, I’ll make three shrines: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ Then everything changed. A return to reality is essential in prayer life. Even the Christianity in itself is facing the reality. The Jerusalem is far way down. Jerusalem is the reality, the place where we have to work and crucified. As stated in the beginning prayer is something to gain energy to release for a purpose. A gaining for a Christian life and at the end self sacrifice.