Posted by: livingscripture | February 19, 2011

Sixth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

He was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white…Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”

                                                                          Mark 9: 2-7                                                                  

How should we live this Word 

In this radiant moment of Jesus’ Transfiguration, we have a momentary anticipation of the ineffable mystery that is His and will be our Resurrection.  The voice that comes from Heaven and reaches the three witnesses of this event is the voice of the Father.  He could not be more explicit or authoritative in revealing Jesus as God’s Son, the One who is worth listening to.  

It is precisely in listening to the Word that life acquires stability, meaning, and direction.  Faith is born of this listening.  The author of Hebrews in the first reading, views the entire Old Testament and the actions of its great personages like one continuous expression of faith.  In effect, to be a Christian means to live and believe in God, relying entirely on Jesus’ Word that revealed God as the fullness of fidelity to us always. 

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize the event of the Transfiguration.  I will gaze upon Jesus as the light of my existence, as the Word that enlightens and saves me.  

I love You Jesus even without seeing You.  Thus my heart exults in unspeakable joy.  Grant that I may listen to You and live. 

The voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic and Doctor of the Church

How wonderful it is to think that He whose greatness could fill thousands of worlds and even more, encloses Himself in such a small dwelling.

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