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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 6, A.D. 2005

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Pt 1:16-19
Matthew 17:1-9

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration in which the divine nature of Jesus was revealed. To keep everything in perspective, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a mountain to pray with Him. By God's grace and design, these three men who accompanied Jesus were given the vision of "Jesus Glorified" in conversation with God the Father so that we, an unbelieving people, might understand the divinity of Jesus.

Sadly, even to this day many don't believe, or are greatly burdened with the overpowering cares of this passing world. Oh, how many enter before the Sacred Presence of the Lord in Catholic churches and fail to give Him a profound gesture of deep respect! As our work-week progresses and we become even more lost in our mad scramble to make money and please ourselves, any thought of the Son of God present among us in the Tabernacle is normally far from our minds.

If we really believed in the sacredness of Jesus as shown at the Transfiguration, would we allow ourselves to consider Jesus in such an off-handed manner?

Let us resolve today, to listen carefully to the scripture readings at Mass this weekend and to ponder deeply the profound truth of the Transfiguration of Jesus, the Son of God, now actually present among us.

- Joachim, OCDS

Lives of the saints:

Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary time

The Transfiguration of the Lord

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