Wednesday, August 05, 2009
FEAST, TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
FEAST, TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
THURSDAY 18TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
DANIEL 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 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.
It seems that whenever God chooses to reveal something important, He
reveals it on a mountain. To name a few: it was on a mountain that God
revealed His covenant with Abraham who was about to sacrifice his son
Isaac in obedience to God. It was on a mountain where Moses was led to
a "burning bush" where God gave him His mission to lead His people out
of slavery from Egypt. It was also on a mountain where God gave His
commandments to Moses. It was also on a mount where Jesus gave us the
"beatitudes" that revealed to us what the Kingdom of God is. The
Transfiguration also took place on top of a mountain.
Just like the apostles, we are all invited by God to climb the
mountain. God will give us our moments of consolation. But, the real
test would come when we descend the mountain to face the challenges of
life. Will our perception of God change when we are burdened and
overwhelmed with the frustrations in life? Because of our weakness,
will we deny Jesus? Will we abandon him because we cannot cope with
We hope, at those moments, God will give us the grace to recognize
Him, that His love help us win back our dignity, and that His strength
will enable us to continue life's challenges together with Him. Also
this time, we hope that our sights will be directed towards the
Who do you say the Son of Man is?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Keempee, Kevin and Darlita
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Nestor Sevilla
- Corazon C. Aquino
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mr. & Mrs. Celso & Connie de los Angeles, Jr.
- In Memoriam (+): Sy, Biao
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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