To be

“Lord, plant in my heart a burning desire for you.”

I love this short and simple prayer, yet such a deep and meaningful prayer.  Fr. Cook suggested this prayer during his homily on Sunday.  He spoke about the Gospel — the Transfiguration.  He pointed out what Peter said after Jesus transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appeared to them.  Peter said,

“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here.”

I love this story of Jesus’ transfiguration before His disciples.  I have always wondered why Peter said that they should make tents.  I always thought it seemed kind of random that he said that.  But in context, and after Fr. Cook shared his perspective, it made total sense.  After seeing Jesus transfigured, he wanted to stay with Him.  He wanted to be with Him.

In a world where there are constant distractions all around me from being present to Christ, to those around me, to the work placed in front of me, I need to hear this and need to strive for this.  I don’t want to just “do”.  I want to “be”.  Just like Mary in the story of Mary and Martha.  I want to sit at the feet of Jesus and be with Him.

Lord, I pray that I — my heart and mind — may be so transformed by your transfiguration.  Overflow my heart with love for You and for others.  Help me to just be — to be with You in all I do and say, to be with others and to remember that that is being with You, and to be present to the tasks you have called me to do.  Plant in my heart a burning desire for You.

Transfiguration Icon, Contemporary Greek


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