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  • Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord August 6, 2017

    Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
    August 6, 2017

    Readings
    DANIEL 7:9–10, 13–14
    PSALM 97:1–2, 5–6, 9
    2 PETER 1:16–19
    MATTHEW 17:1–9

    Reflection

    Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Fans of the Harry Potter Series
    might be familiar with the subject of Transfiguration, taught by Professor McGonagall.
    In Harry Potter, Transfiguration is the artof transforming oneself beyond their physical
    appearance into an entirely different creature. McGonagall herself is known for
    changing into a cat! In the Christian tradition, Transfiguration means to change into
    something more beautiful in appearance to reveal something even more profound
    about God. That’s what Jesus did on top of the mountain in the presence of a few
    of his disciples. Transfiguration is a word that’s not really part of our everyday
    language,  is it? It sure wasn’t an everyday sort of experience for Peter, James,
    and John, either. Jesus took the disciples to the top of a high mountain where his
    clothesbecame dazzling white, his appearance completely changed right before
    their very eyes, and they were simply dumbfounded. Jesus chose this moment
    to reveal his divinity — that he is God. Jesus’ divinity is affirmed by the voice
    in the clouds that says, “This is  my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
    listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). What a direct command: “Listen to him!” While it’s
    good to become comfortable with the image of Jesus as a friend, buddy, and
    companion, it’s also good to remember that, in the words of today’s psalm,
    “The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth” (psalm refrain; see Psalm 97:1a).
    This is the Jesus whom we worship and who brings us to our knees in awe of his presence!

    Action

    While the vision of a transfigured Jesus in all his magnificent glory is essential for our
    spiritual life, we can’t stay on the mountaintop forever — there’s too much to do down
    here on the plains. But at the same time, we can’t do good works here in the world
    without  prayerfully encountering God on a “mountaintop” of our own. Strengthened
    by our “aha moments” with Jesus, let us go out into our classrooms, ball fields, and
    homes to dazzle like the sun.

    Journaling Questions

    Have you ever had a “mountaintop” experience? That is, an experience so set apart
    and special where you encountered God? Describe it.

    Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (“For
    the greater glory of God”) is the
    motto of the Jesuits and of their
    founder, St. Ignatius Loyola.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
    Ad_maiorem_Dei_gloriam

    God’s Word, Your World! 2016 – 2017 © 2016 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders: 1-800-933-1800. Written by Mary O’Neill McManus. Permission
    to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of September 2, 2015.


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