Posted by: livingscripture | February 21, 2009

Sixth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Jesus took Peter, 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 fuller on earth could bleach them…Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the could came a voice, ‘This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him’.                 (Mark 9, 2-7)


How should we live this Word     transfiguration


In this radiant scene, Jesus transfigures Himself, anticipating for a moment the ineffable mystery that is His and our Resurrection.  The heavenly voice that reaches the three disciples is that of the Father.  It could not be more explicit or authoritative in revealing to them that Jesus is the Son of God, the One who is worth listening to.


It is precisely in this listening to His Word that life gains stability, depth, and sure direction.  We are called to abandon ourselves to this listening as to a safe anchor.  Faith is born of this listening.  The author of the Letter to the Hebrews is persuaded that, in a certain sense, the entire Old Testament and the actions of its great personages, is a unitary, grand expression of faith.  Actually, for a Christian, to live is to believe in God, relying entirely on Jesus’ Word who has revealed it as an everlasting, complete fidelity to human beings. 


In my pause for silent contemplation today, I will visualize the scene of the Transfiguration and contemplate Jesus as the light of my existence, as the Word that illumines me and saves me.


I love You without seeing You and thus my heart leaps with indescribable joy.  Grant that I may listen to You and live.


The voice of Clement of Alexandria, Church Father


In simplicity of heart, let us form the court of the omnipotent Son.  We, who have been born from Christ, are the choir of peace and the people of wisdom.  United together, we sing of the God of peace.

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