Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 6, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel :9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Peter 1:16-19
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
All of us in our own lives have had "transfiguration experiences", whether it is in a moment of prayer when we suddenly realize the presence of God, and His voice calling us to special mission. Perhaps it is in a moment of loving, or of suddenly realizing the depth of love one has for another person. Perhaps it is in seeing God in the face of a child, and being transformed by the beauty of that vision. These are not mere private fantasies, for to realize God's presence in certain people is to touch on the reality of the Transfiguration on the Mount. For God is present in all of His creation. Whenever we become aware of that fact so solidly based on our theology, then we are bound to be moved to awe, delight, and joy as the sacred reality touches our souls...
This was the experience of Moses when God appeared to him, and was the experience of the Apostles who heard the voices speaking on the mountain, saw the glory in Jesus' whole person, and heard the Father's thunderous voice approving the vision, and warning Peter, James, and John, to listen to His Son.
Let us fall on our knees in wonder at the presence of God flooding our souls in light. Let all fear be cast out as we rise, aware that we, too, are light-bearers to our brothers and sisters. Let us listen to His Voice, guiding our decisions this day, and drawing us to greater courage as we face whatever sufferings and difficulties the day will bring.
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord
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