The Transfiguration of Our Lord
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4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary ¤
Reading from Scripture: Matthew 17: v1-8
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, "Lord," he said "it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him."
When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. "Stand up," he said "do not be afraid." And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
Meditation: Jesus through the Holy Rosary you reveal yourself to us as the Son of the Father, the Beloved. You tell us not to be afraid. You are perfect love and love drives out all fear. Transfigure my heart and my intelligence so that I trust you completely, in my life and in my death.
Eternal Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son. In contemplating Him, we come to know you, all good and loving Father. I trust in your loving Providence for my life.
Mary, my Mother, help me to imitate your faithfulness by giving my time generously each day to be apart with Jesus in prayer and intimate friendship.
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"I believe this is a little bit what Jesus wanted to tell his apostles: the big storms of our life are coming but do not forget I am with you. I am not only with you as a human person, as your friend, as your brother, your counsellor, I am also with you as the Son of God, because your vocation, every person's vocation, is not just to be a good human person, an anthropologically good person, but we are all called to be beyond that saints, beyond that we are called to be simply children of God, children of God who are the first born of Our Lord. And we have to learn in the whole of our life to come into a relationship, to God, to the Most Holy Trinity, to each other, exactly in the way the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father. There is a new communion coming up and that communion comes through the mystery, and for many the scandal, of the Cross. And this is precisely what Jesus wanted to prepare his apostles for. Never to cease loving, never to cease to be in friendship with one another, never to blame others, never to put the guilt which we all carry, the whole human race carries on one or the other's particular shoulder but to carry the Cross, our small crosses, the crosses of our life, each one, knowing that we are part of a much bigger mystery, of a mystery between heaven and earth, of a love story between God and man, between God and his creatures." Feast Day - 6th August
"Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we, in being called to and by turning to the brightness of the risen Lord, grow from glory to glory as we are transformed into the image we reflect. The transfiguration, witnessed by Peter, James and John, in fact even prefigures their own transfiguration into all that Christ calls them to be. It prefigures our own transfiguration into all that Christ calls us to be. Sharing His divine life we can be ready, especially in Lent, to bear even something of His Cross in our daily lives, mindful that as we contemplate the transfigured Christ we see not only His glory but the promise of our own."
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