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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 6, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

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





A reflection on today's Scripture:

In Matthew's Gospel today, we are told the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, witnessed by Peter, James and his brother John. It is an all too human reaction to want to bask in the glory and ecstasy of "sublime" moments in our lives.

Peter, witnessing this awesome event, relates:

Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

However, Jesus tells them not to tell this vision to anyone until He has been raised from the dead.

This is a hugely important event in the lives of the disciples. Not only does it validate their faith in Jesus to that point, it gives them renewed strength and vigor. It is their firsthand witness to this event which will allow them to convert others as they follow their path of discipleship.

In our own lives, there are also such pivotal moments, which give us a glimpse of Heaven and renew our efforts for the journey ahead. It is our experience of these "sublime" moments which gives us the energy and vigor to overcome the challenging periods in our lives. As Christians, we have to keep our "vision" of union with Christ alive on a daily basis, so that we can live the life God has called us to, despite the passing seasons.

- Clia Doyle |
cliadoyle (at) hotmail.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Transfiguration of the Lord







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