August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
From the event of the Transfiguration I would like to take two significant elements that can be summed up in two words: ascent and descent. We all need to go apart, to ascend the mountain in a space of silence, to find ourselves and better perceive the voice of the Lord. This we do in prayer. But we cannot stay there! Encounter with God in prayer inspires us anew to “descend the mountain” and return to the plain where we meet many brothers weighed down by fatigue, sickness, injustice, ignorance, poverty both material and spiritual. To these brothers in difficulty, we are called to bear the fruit of that experience with God, by sharing the grace we have received. And this is curious. When we hear the Word of Jesus, when we listen to the Word of Jesus and carry it in our heart, this Word grows. Do you know how it grows? By giving it to the other! The Word of Christ grows in us when we proclaim it, when we give it to others! And this is what Christian life is. It is a mission for the whole Church, for all the baptized, for us all: listen to Jesus and offer him to others. Do not forget: this week listen to Jesus!
March 16, 2014 Pope Francis Angelus Message
First Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm: 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
Second Reading: 2nd Peter 1:16-19
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Catechism of the Catholic Church
From the day Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Master “began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things. . . and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Peter scorns this prediction, nor do the others understand it any better than he. In this context the mysterious episode of Jesus’ Transfiguration takes place on a high mountain, before three witnesses chosen by himself: Peter, James and John. Jesus’ face and clothes become dazzling with light, and Moses and Elijah appear, speaking “of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem”. A cloud covers him and a voice from heaven says: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (554)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Transfiguration of the Lord, Cycles A, B and C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references for this week’s readings
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The disciples feared the power of God instead of letting it empower them. They fell prostrate into submission, a paralysis of inaction. Only the touch of Jesus imparting a blessing to rise without fear gave them the courage to peek their eyes to the horizon. The former vision of the law and prophets personified by Moses and Elijah now was consolidated into the divine and human presence of Jesus. All dictated by the power of the Holy Spirit to interrupt the comfort zone of three tents to house the Divine on not just a mountain, but a high mountain. Out of view of the paths of humanity, above the struggles of foraging life in the complexities of sustaining and existing.
Do we render our faith to a mountain top experience, hunkered down in churches and chapels praying endless odes of praise and thanksgiving, all the while a chain link fence encircles the grounds, encapsulating the Divine? Are we too busy praying, telling God our opinions, our desires that the voice of Jesus to rise, go forth the mass is ended, be not afraid of engaging in the world, especially the reality of our Jerusalem is silenced by pressing the mute button of our spiritual conscience? If we choose to venture forth from the divine mystery of mountain top experiences, we proceed not alone. For Jesus accompanies us down the mountain, as we continually eyewitnesses the Transfiguration in the experiences of our lives. A sacred conversation, the crossing of paths, the buzz of a hummingbird grasping nectar from a flower, the gentle flow of a brilliant yellow butterfly, the life of a person living on the street. The Transfiguration never ends, but plays on a continuous loop thru the nuances of our faith journey, if we are attentive to the world around us and not reeling in fear from dwelling on ourselves. Experiencing the Transfiguration means to live our lives like the wax of a melting candle with a viscosity of faith to flow in our world. Penetrating crevasses of hidden hurt, warming swath of parched earth with dialogue of hope, igniting a fire where injustice reins to bring purifying change. A formidable process only viable when we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and listen to the Lord. Our faith calls us not to placidity, but action initiated by the dialogue of prayer, fed by the Word and Bread of Life, embodied in ever mass we attend and the continuous Transfiguration experiences of our lives.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 17:1-9
What is a Transfiguration moment in your life that you have not risen from and need to act upon? What fears keep you from rising?
Family Reflection: Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
Each night this week, place a candle on the dinner table. Discuss how faith calls us to be light, a ray of hope in the world and the surrender into the divine mystery, like being melting wax.
Pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, where the fourth mystery is the Transfiguration
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