Friday, August 05, 2005
FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
AUGUST 6, 2005
FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
DEUTERONOMY 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as
wool; his throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A
surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; thousands upon
thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended
him. The court was convened and the books were opened. As the visions
during the night continued, I saw: One like a Son of man coming, on
the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented
before him, The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and
kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion
is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship
shall not be destroyed.
2 PETER 1:16-19
Beloved: We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been
eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God
the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic
glory, "This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased." We
ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on
the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is
altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a
lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star
rises in your hearts.
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high
mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face
shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold,
Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said
to Jesus in reply, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I
will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for
Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a
shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is
my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the
disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and do not be afraid."
And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but
Jesus alone. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged
them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been
raised from the dead."
Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus. We
celebrate the occasion on which a mysterious light shone from within
him, transforming his countenance, and making his clothing dazzlingly
white. A cloud came down on the mountain swallowing Jesus and his
disciples, the cloud that guided Moses and the Israelites through the
desert as they were making their way to the Promised Land, and within
the cloud God's voice directed Peter, James and John to listen to and
obey Jesus, God's chosen son. Though the disciples wanted to remain on
the mountain, enjoying God's presence there, they went down to the
lowlands with Jesus.
Today is the anniversary also of the day (Aug. 6, 1945) on which at
8:15 in the morning, Japan time) the United States dropped an atomic
bomb on Hiroshima. There also there was a brilliant light, but of a
different sort, that lighted the heavens and blinded, burned and melted
thousands of men, women and children. As the light faded, a mushroom
cloud swallowed the land. When it lifted it revealed death and dying
Peter did not want to leave the mountaintop. He wanted to remain there
enjoying the consolation that God's presence and Jesus' majesty
bestowed on him.
However, when thinking of the devastation that the A-bomb wrought on
the city and the people of Hiroshima, perhaps, our desire is to escape
the memory of this horrendous deed.
Some years after the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, one of the
physicists who helped develop it, told an assembly of clergymen,
"People like you have to save the world from this insanity." The
physicist may have been speaking to a group of clergymen, but surely
his words would be better addressed to everyone in our wounded world.
We have, all of us on one occasion or other experienced the Lord's
consolation, as did the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Like Peter we might well prefer to stay on the mountain. The
anniversary, however, of the destruction of Hiroshima reminds us that
there are tasks of the utmost importance in the lowlands and that we
must leave the heights to address them.
"Lord, keep me always alert and awake to you, to your word, your
action, and your daily presence in my life. Let me see your glory."
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery and good health of Rolly Detaro
- for the personal intentions of Demetria M. Guevarra
- good health of Papa Raul, Papa Fabio, Mama Teresa, Mama Baby, Daddy
Junior and Fredo Oljol.
- for the personal intentions of Smyd.
- Birthday blessings for Esperanza C. Lopez
- for the repose of the soul of Freddie Ll. Pandes. Eternal rest grant
unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
- for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Gladys Tong-So & Children
- Prayer Intention: Jack Dytoc Tan & Bella Dy Tan
- In Memoriam: Cornelio Salazar Onal
- In Memoriam: Dy Ching Eng
- for world peace and reconciliation.
- For the personal intention of Erlinda Cortez
- For the personal intention of Demetria M. Guevarra
- For the soul of a dear and holy lady: Willy Panyik who died through a
tragic road accident.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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