Intention: For the will to live with greater compassion and welcome toward all people, especially where histories of misunderstanding and fear divide us.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 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.”
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, your Son taught us that goodness finds us through the power of the Holy Spirit. It 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.