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FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD, AUGUST 06, 2021


The Transfiguration is the last painting of the High Renaissance Master Raphael 1520



A reading of the holy Gospel according to Mk 9:2-10


Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.


REFLECTION

“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”


“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Our first duty is to listen to Jesus. It is through His spoken Word that He saves us. With His Word our faith grows stronger and we are more bold in our thoughts. Our love for God grows exponentially when we get to know Him.


The question is what else do we listen to? Do we listen to gossip, radio, TV, movies, politics, family and friends? Some talk can be cheap, informative, background noise or not helpful to our wellbeing or spiritual growth. Hearing Jesus nourishes our souls and feeds our faith.


Imagine the apostles. They left everything behind to follow Him. They had periods of fatigue, joy, hunger and even their reputations suffered. They were with Jesus and slowly they were being transformed: fed by Jesus on a daily basis. They saw His mighty works and they listened to His teachings. In the Gospel we look and imagine what Jesus was like, how He did things and how He acted.


Peter, James and John were taken up to the mountain and there Jesus revealed His divinity-His full glory. Along with Moses and Elijah, He appeared luminescent, glowing and beautiful.


How can we, too, have this transfiguration? Follow Jesus in order to listen to Him. Read the Gospels, pray the liturgy of the hours, go to Adoration, attend daily Mass, receive Him in the Eucharist and in silence listen to Him. The Word of God grows inside of us as we are nourished. What is in our heart grows and we then can freely give this love to others.


I cannot say enough about our PAPA FACEZBS. We have been so blessed to have our spiritual director, a theologian, who devotes his time every Wednesday teaching us the Word of God. You cannot know someone unless you spend time with them. Once you know them you can trust them. Get to know Jesus in a more intimate manner. Come and join us for FACEZBS (Face to face with one another, zooming bible study). The experience is interactive and we have the opportunity to ask questions. Come and try it and see if you like it. Listen to the Word of God!


May God continue to bless you and may we continue seeking God.




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