Sunday, February 17, 2008
And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
Matthew 17:1-9 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father I like how Jesus said, "fear not," to the disciples. For there is nothing to fear when we live in you. These men saw the purity of Jesus and how his features and garment became brilliant. Only through you do we shine as well. Even though they heard your voice, Jesus told them not to be afraid. The question for us, why are we afraid to come back to you? What stops us from listening to your Word. What stops us from making our garments just as brilliant as Jesus'? There is a beautiful sacrament that helps us to restore the luster of our garments, the sacrament of Penance. Imagine being purified and glowing as Jesus was transfigured when we recieve him in the Eucharist. How much we would glow ourselves from the joy that only being in union with you would give us. Now that is a wonderful transfiguration in itself to glow from receiving your Son in Communion.