Monday, August 05, 2013
FEAST, TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
AUGUST 6, 2013
FEAST, TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
TUESDAY 18TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Dn 7: 9-10. 13-14 / Ps 97: 1-2. 5-6. 9 / 2 Pt 1: 16-19 / Lk 9: 28b-36
Daniel 7: 9-10. 13-14
I looked and saw the following: Some thrones were set in place and One of Great Age took his seat. His robe was white as snow, his hair white as washed wool. His throne was flames of fire with wheels of blazing fire. A river of fire sprang forth and flowed before him. Thousands upon thousands served him and a countless multitude stood before him. Those in the tribunal took their seats and opened the book. I continued watching the nocturnal vision: One like a son of man came on the clouds of heaven. He faced the One of Great Age and was brought into his presence. Dominion, honor and kingship were given him, and all the peoples and nations of every language served him. His dominion is eternal and shall never pass away; his kingdom will never be destroyed.
Luke 9: 28b-36
About eight days after Jesus had said all this, he took Peter, John and James, and went up the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed, and his clothing became dazzling white. Two men were talking with Jesus: Moses and Elijah. Appearing in the glory of heaven, Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus about his departure from this life, which was to take place in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had fallen asleep; but they awoke suddenly, and they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter—not knowing what to say—said to Jesus, "Master, how good it is for us to be here! Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." And no sooner had he spoken, than a cloud appeared and covered them; and the disciples were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then these words came from the cloud, "This is my Son, my Beloved, listen to him." And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was there alone. The disciples kept this to themselves at the time, telling no one of anything they had seen.
Today's feast is a symbol of hope for the Christian. Often as Christians, we have many trials and tribulations. We need to sacrifice for others in order to help them. We are often responsible for our family members and for others whom we want save for love of Jesus Christ. That is why the transfiguration of the Lord foreshadows what we will experience in the future if we die to ourselves in our daily crosses. God will transfigure our lowly bodies and make them glorious ones. He will turn our sufferings into joy. Our crosses will become glorious and we will bring many people into God's kingdom.
Peter was so amazed at what they were seeing on the mountain. He realized that it was a heavenly vision they were witnessing and so he was at a loss for words and frightened at the same time. But much later in time, after all the sufferings he would undergo to help build the early Church, as he was about to die for Jesus to be crucified upside down, he most certainly was ready and eager to meet the Risen Lord in all His heavenly splendor. He was not afraid of death anymore. He was ready for paradise.
God wants to share His glory with us. Whether or not we will do great things for Him doesn't matter. As long as we follow His plan of salvation for us – which is to do our share in building His kingdom – He will bring us to His heavenly kingdom where we will be bathed in eternal light.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Karl Miguel V. Cortez
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Chona Layson-Bondoc
- In Memoriam (+): Robert Braganza
- In Memoriam (+): Felisa Salcedo Velasco
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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