Thursday, August 6, 2020

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Transfiguration, Crucifixion, and Resurrection

Thus, while the Transfiguration exalts Christ and shows forth his glory, the scene again foreshadows Christ's destiny as the suffering servant who will die in Jerusalem for the sins of all humanity.

Ultimately, these two themes of Christ's glory and his suffering are meant to go together, for God's glory will be revealed most fully not in worldly splendor or self-exaltation but in his self-giving love for us on the cross. And these themes of the Transfiguration stand as a reminder to us: We are called to radiate God's glory most splendidly through our own sacrificial love here on earth.

—from the book Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Encounter the Wonder of Heaven and Earth


†Saint Quote

"Where there is no obedience there is no virtue, where there is no virtue there is no good, where there is no good there is no love, where there is no love, there is no God, and where there is no God there is no Paradise."
— St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

"A sculptor who wishes to carve a figure out of a block uses his chisel, first cutting away great chunks of marble, then smaller pieces, until he finally reaches a point where only a brush of hand is needed to reveal the figure. In the same way, the soul has to undergo tremendous mortifications at first, and then more refined detachments, until finally its Divine image is revealed. Because mortification is recognized as a practice of death, there is fittingly inscribed on the tomb of Duns Scotus, Bis Mortus; Semel Sepultus (twice died, but buried only once). When we die to something, something comes alive within us. If we die to self, charity comes alive; if we die to pride, service comes alive; if we die to lust, reverence for personality comes alive; if we die to anger, love comes alive."
— Fulton J. Sheen, p. 219
Peace of Soul

"The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip."
Psalm 37:30-31




The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord takes place on August 6th, an event mentioned in all three synoptic Gospels. After revealing that he would be put to death in Jerusalem, Jesus took the three disciples of his inner circle to the summit of Mount Tabor in order to reveal his glory to them. Peter, James, and John saw Jesus transfigured before them, radiant in the fullness of his glory as he truly was, the Son of God. Next to Jesus were Moses and Elijah as witnesses to Christ's fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophets. St. Matthew writes of the event by saying, "He was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow."


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Bl. Maria Francesca of Jesus Rubatto (1844– 1904) was one of eight children from an Italian family. Her father died when she was four. In her teenage years she received an offer of marriage, which she declined as she had taken a vow of virginity from an early age. When she was nineteen, after the death of her mother, Maria moved to Turin and befriended a noblewoman who gave her assistance. Maria taught catechism to the woman's children, in addition to the other children in the city. She also had a habit of visiting the sick and poor. One day a construction worker had an accident while building a convent, and Maria, who was walking nearby, helped him and gave him money so that he could recover from his injury. The sisters of the convent took notice of Maria for this act of charity and desired that she join their community. Maria accepted their invitation and was later appointed superior of this new community of Capuchin Franciscan sisters. She had a desire to serve in the overseas missions, and in 1892 left Italy and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to South America. She made this journey seven times in her work of founding Catholic missions in Uruguay and Argentina. Her feast day is August 6th.


August 6, 2020

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Lectionary: 614
Reading 1


As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:
One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm 97

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Reading II 2Pt:1

We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
"This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Alleluia Mt 17:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 17: 1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"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."
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him."
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
"Rise, and do not be afraid."
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
"Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."


Transfiguration of the Lord

All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36). With remarkable agreement, all three place the event shortly after Peter's confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus' first prediction of his passion and death. Peter's eagerness to erect tents or booths on the spot suggests it occurred during the week-long Jewish Feast of Booths in the fall.

According to Scripture scholars, in spite of the texts' agreement it is difficult to reconstruct the disciples' experience, because the Gospels draw heavily on Old Testament descriptions of the Sinai encounter with God, and prophetic visions of the Son of Man. Certainly Peter, James, and John had a glimpse of Jesus' divinity strong enough to strike fear into their hearts. Such an experience defies description, so they drew on familiar religious language to describe it. And certainly Jesus warned them that his glory and his suffering were to be inextricably connected—a theme John highlights throughout his Gospel.

Tradition names Mount Tabor as the site of the revelation. A church first raised there in the fourth century was dedicated on August 6. A feast in honor of the Transfiguration was celebrated in the Eastern Church from about that time. Western observance began in some localities about the eighth century.

On July 22, 1456, Crusaders defeated the Turks at Belgrade. News of the victory reached Rome on August 6, and Pope Callistus III placed the feast on the Roman calendar the following year.


One of the Transfiguration accounts is read on the second Sunday of Lent each year, proclaiming Christ's divinity to the Elect and baptized alike. The Gospel for the first Sunday of Lent, by contrast, is the story of the temptation in the desert—affirmation of Jesus' humanity. The two distinct but inseparable natures of the Lord were a subject of much theological argument at the beginning of the Church's history; it remains hard for believers to grasp.



Unless you have suffered and wept, you really don't understand what compassion is, nor can you give comfort to someone who is suffering. If you haven't cried, you can't dry another's eyes. Unless you've walked in darkness, you can't help wanderers find the way. Unless you've looked into the eyes of menacing death and felt its hot breath, you can't help another rise from the dead and taste anew the joy of being alive.
— Takashi Nagai
from the book A Song for Nagasaki


"... the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool; his throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire."
Everything about the Ancient One is of light, from the hair, to the chair. And burning wheels? A burning bush? One gets the sense of energy. One gets the sense of command and urgency. And what of a white haired person on a chair with wheels? It is a disguise from God. And I'm referring to the elderly who are to be served with honor, respect, and much more...greater love.


We pray: "The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad. Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth."
The Lord is King and will always be King. What Master is your King? A true servant is at His every beckoning call. Does God need more servants? No. He needs His child back in Heaven. My children are my servants, where I go, I desire them to be. And they are happy to serve when they love. And because I love them, I desire what is best for them. Even if it hurts them in just punishment.


The Holy Gospel goes on about our Lord: "... he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light."
Why was He transfigured? A miracle speaks volumes. A vision lasts forever. This vision will always be, because God showed who He came to be...through His only begotten Son and creation...God calling us to Himself. But first, through fire. To get to God you will go through fire. If everything around Him is fire, then how do we become fireproof? Look to the saints. Some saints, even in the bible, were burned alive and their bodies would not burn. Walking on water is this great faith. The transfiguration of our Lord is a mesmerizing feat that shows who God is when speaking with Moses and Elijah. Moses is known for the Mass Exodus. Elijah is known for turning around those Masses once again to our Father because the people Moses brought over They fell for the lies of "tolerance" and "neutrality". They wanted both God and other gods. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too.

God created this spectacular world we live in, and then He speaks at the Transfiguration: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him."
You mess with our Lord Jesus, you mess with God Almighty. And we're not talking wars and insurrections of the material kind, but of spiritual kind. And we're not talking about thousands of foot soldiers, but of single souls. God says "Listen To Him". He didn't say "hear Him". He commands that we obey. God is pleased with our Lord and King Jesus.
Jesus is King of the world. His face became radiant with light, like the sun. Aztecs and others had the sun god, most probably because of the mystery and noticed the life giving effects of the light that pours forth. No light, no life. And so it is in the Spiritual realm. In darkness, God gives light. Out of nothing He gives life.

This message is for you to the whole world to speak: God loves the light you can shine through Jesus in you.
Does the transfiguration amaze you?
If it does, it is the Holy Spirit working in you. The righteous fear of the Lord draws us to Him. Where do I see the Lord more and more often now? In the confessional. Draw near. Remove darkness and let the light shine.

Transfiguration is our Holy and wholly His


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Acts 20:35

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"


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