Sunday, August 05, 2007


Feast, Transfiguation of the Lord

August 6, 2007
Feast, Transfiguation of the Lord
Monday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

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.

LUKE 9:28B-36
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing
became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him,
Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that
he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had
been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory
and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from
him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here; let us
make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." But
he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a
cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened
when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that
said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him." After the voice had
spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that
time tell anyone what they had seen.

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 in 1945 when the United
States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima at 8:15 in the morning
(Japan time). There also there was a brilliant light, but of a
different sort, that lit the heavens and blinded, burned and melted
thousands of men, women and children. When the mushroom cloud lifted,
it revealed death and dying everywhere.

We have, 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.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Ernesto
- Eufrocina Navarro
- Marina Delfin and Fr John
- Ms. Norlie N. David
... Thanksgiving for:
- Jane Guillermo
- Balangit family
- Pauline and kids
... for the personal intentions of:
- NG and R
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Guevara Family
- Veronica Yap
- Julie, Noc and Chibu
- Gailey and Tinky
- Jasmin
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ligorio Bulay
- Maximo Guevara
- Augustin Uy
- Cristanta Buena Balilla, Pedro Peña Balilla, Dalmacio E.
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... In Memoriam: Remedios P. Balilla
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Margarita Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Theresa Yang
... for world peace and reconciliation.

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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