Going Up the Mountain

This is the time of resolutions … it is the time to take decisions and try with all your might to make these decisions work out … hoping against all hope that this time you won’t fail. Personally, during these days I will be on the lookout for a motto … a guiding principle which will see me through and accompany me throughout the new year.

A couple of days ago, as I was cleaning my flat, I had my TV on and there was a programme about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. I wasn’t really paying attention but I just heard the phrase to go up the mountain. That phrase captured my attention and all of a sudden I knew that my motto for the year 2015 is this: to go up the mountain. My next question was: and do what?

As I reflected on this phrase I realized more and more that in Scriptures, many great events took place on a mountain. The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face just as someone speaks with a friend (Ex 33,11). The commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai (Ex 20). Elijah’s triumph over the priests of Baal happened on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18). The mountain was the place where Jesus transfigured himself infront of Peter, James and John. The three disciples felt so much the presence of the Lord that they wanted to remain there, “It is good for us to remain here …” (Lk 9). In the New Testament we find many instances when Jesus used to go up to the mountain to pray.

The more I think on the phrase to go up the mountain the more I realize that my journey for 2015 is going to be a long one but also very fulfilling. The next task is go through Scriptures, note the references to the word mountain and pray passage by passage during my time of prayer. May the Lord give me the grace to start and finish this journey! I pray that my heart will be open to listen to his voice and obey his word.

This reminds me of Jesus’ command: “You are the light of the world …a city built on a mountain (which) cannot be hid” (Matt 5,14). I understand that this journey of going up the mountain is not just for me but will enable me and equip me to be a better witness in my daily life.

Carmen Mangion