WORD of the DAY
Lord, it is good for us to be here. (Mt. 17: 4b)
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:7)
On our journey with Jesus, He often takes us aside, takes care of us, and shows us the power of His love. Like the disciples, we go up the mountain in the joy of walking with Jesus; it is a marvelous and tremendous ascent. We exclaim, “It is good for us to be here”.
In our life we have had such experiences of the Lord’s presence who holds us close, guides and sustains our steps. This real presence of Jesus prepares us for times of doubt, difficulty, darkness. Fear or uncertainty may come, but Jesus is with us and tells us “Rise, and do not be afraid”.
Jesus’ Transfiguration is His desire to return to the Father, taking with Him all of humanity. To live a transfigured life, is to accept His presence that encourages us to walk beyond the Cross to arrive to the joy of the Father by rising with Christ.
God, please grant us growth in the knowledge of the mystery of Christ and in witnessing to Him through a worthy life style.
The voice Pope Francis
Listening to Christ implies assuming the logic of His Paschal Mystery; placing ourselves on the journey with Him to make our existence a gift of love for others, in docile obedience to God’s will, with an attitude of detachment from worldly things, and with inner freedom. In other words, it means losing our life, giving it entirely so that all people may be saved and we can meet each other in eternal bliss. (Sunday, March 1, 2015)