August 6, 2008
Transfiguration of the Lord. Feast
Matthew 17: 1-9
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid." And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, it is easy to believe when I see the light of your transfiguration. I hope in your light and strength even when I am lonely and down. I love you for these moments of light. Thank you, Lord, for giving me graces that will carry me through life’s trials.
Petition: Lord, I beg to have your goodness always before my eyes.
1. This Is My Son, Listen to Him We have Jesus’ words in the Gospel. We know the way, but sometimes we don’t listen. Listening involves more than hearing. We can hear all kinds of noise, but until we actually listen we cannot make out the message. At a huge gathering of people, have you ever been distracted because of all the noise? A person a foot away could be talking to you, but if you do not focus your attention on him, you can’t make out his words. Other times we don’t listen because we are preoccupied with the interior noise of our own thoughts. We have to make an effort to listen to what Jesus has to say and not be distracted by the noises around or inside us.
2. Moments of Light God gives us dazzling clarity at times. Think of Mother Teresa, who so clearly saw her vocation at a young age. She received a great light from our Lord. Indeed, God has come to all of us, perhaps many times. He continually enlightens our hearts and minds to give us the strength to follow him. This is very beautiful. He knows the right time to enlighten our lives.
3. “Get up and Do Not Be Afraid” These words, also spoken by our late Pope John Paul II, have been echoing throughout our lifetime. Parents let these words ring out when their children refrain from doing things out of fear. Fear can present itself in many ways. What is my fear factor? Am I afraid of failure, of giving my all, of getting back up after a fall? Am I afraid to let our Lord have the reins of my life? God is asking us to get up and turn our lives over to him. Be not afraid; our joy is in being with Christ.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, often I do not want to let go of my way of being. I turn in on myself and live in the fear of not being in control. I am afraid of giving my life over to you. Teach me to be generous.
Resolution: In prayer I will thank God for all the wonderful lights he has given me.
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