August 6, 2017 – The Eighteenth Week of the Church Year

Today’s Celebration:Transfiguration of the Lord

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

“When Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.           (1 John 3:2)

This Feast is one of my favorites  as it gives us a peek into the other side of reality. The Light of Heaven’s Glory shines through and in Jesus. In the Funeral Liturgy the reading from 1st John tells us, “… life is changed, not ended. What we are to become has not yet be revealed to us.”

In these days when we are recounting the Exodus of the Israelites with all the problems and infidelity that they experienced, it’s good for us to have this Feast of Encouragement so that we don’t despair along the way. We are reminded that “from glory to glory He’s changing me from earthly things to the Heavenly.” Our journey through life is just like that of the Israelites and all of us have “fallen short of the Glory of God” but we don’t despair and just wallow in our failings or sins. Jesus has transformed us too! All we have to do is go with Him up the mountain and enter into his Glory. That Transfiguration Light purges us of all our weakness and allows US to hear those same words of God: “YOU are my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.” Amen!