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IN A NEW LIGHT

THE FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY - THE TRANSFIGURATION.


Mark 9: 2-9 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John,

and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white,

such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus.


Eyes to See - Rod Hamilton

Not all is as it seems: there is a glory hidden in everything

waiting to be revealed to the eyes of those who believe

beyond what seems inevitable

who do not want to live in the status quo

but in the promises of God.

Hold onto the vision,

there is yet a greater glory still to be revealed.

Go in peace,

Go in hope,

Go in love. Amen



The Mystery of Light par excellence is The Transfiguration,”

wrote Saint John Paul II.

In witnessing the transfiguration of Jesus,

the apostles are being prepared to experience with him

the agony of the Passion so as to come with him to the joy of the Resurrection, and the life transfigured by the Holy Spirit.


In other words, the joy of the Resurrection

far surpasses the temporal sufferings of this world.

Gospel scholars state that the transfiguration

was a sacred moment when heaven and Earth met

through the person of Jesus.

On meditating on this mystery,

I suggest adapting one of St. Ignatius’ methods of meditation.

To place yourself on the mountaintop

observing the events that the apostles experienced,

perhaps the look on their faces filled with awe and wonder,

as they gazed upon Jesus’ face, shining like the sun.

Like the apostles, the voice of the Father tells us to listen to him

and prepare ourselves for the challenges that life has to offer us.

Saint John Paul II: “In prayer you become one with the source of our true light – Jesus Himself


In the coming week,

may you experience the presence of God with joy.

May the holy cloud comfort you.

May the divine voice encourage you.

May the power of the Spirit transform you,

transform us, transform our world. Amen.






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