Feast of the Transfiguration 2014

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (recounted in Matthew 17:1-9). Basically, Our Lord goes to the top of a mountain with Peter, James and John. While they are up there Jesus’ face becomes radiant, his clothes turn a dazzling white, and he begins to speak with Moses and Elijah. We can see this as the temporary pulling back of a veil that shrouded Our Lord’s divinity after the Incarnation. There is a similar veiling when we behold the Holy Eucharist. This is all a part of God’s loving plan for us because he wants us to receive faith as a gift. Faith being the substance of things hoped for (Hebrew 11:1) and not something we see. Also, if God’s power and glory were always manifestly present to us we would be caught up in constant contemplation. Since this is not the case, we can be sure that God also wants us to serve and love him in serving and loving the poor and marginalized. May our prayer and service of the poor make us ready to behold God’s glory!

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