Intention: For greater compassion and tolerance among all people, especially in places where histories of fear and misunderstanding divide us.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 9: 2-10
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
From the Meditation for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Because Jesus Christ always possessed this glory within himself, when he was transfigured, the change that appeared in him was only external. It is not the same with us. The change that must take place in us is interior; we must be entirely transformed by the light and the fullness of grace and by the possession of the Spirit of God. If there were to follow, later on, some change in our exterior, this would come about only as an overflowing of the happiness that we enjoy in the depths of our soul, because we will then be taken up with God alone and with what we must do for love of him.
Eternal Father, Jesus taught us that all good things happen through the power of your Spirit. Your Holy Spirit gives us life and awakens us to your presence and action in our lives. We pray that the Spirit will bless us with an awareness of who we are and who you created us to be, so that we will live each day to do your will and build your Kingdom. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.