6 Aug Fri, TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

8/5/2021 3:10:54 PM
Dan. 7:9-10,13-14 or 2 Pt. 1:16-19 / Ps. 96:1-2,5-6,9 / Mk. 9:2-10 (Ps Wk II)

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The transfiguration of Jesus takes place near the end of Jesus' public ministry, and we get a glimpse into the very near future - Jesus' death and resurrection.

Jesus leads three of his disciples, Peter, James and John, into the memorable scene of the transfiguration and the astounding events unfold before their eyes. "He was transfigured before them," and "his clothes became dazzlingly white." Peter responded by saying that "it is wonderful for us to be here." And the cloud, the ancient sign of the very presence of God, overshadowed them, and they heard the voice, "This is my beloved Son, listen to him."

What a special moment for them and for us who receive the promise of ultimate glory from Jesus through God's generous love.

We usually think of the "glory" of Jesus when the transfiguration is associated with his resurrection. The truth is that it is both the suffering/death of Jesus and the resurrection. They represent the glory the Son has received from the Father.

Our lives are filled with experiences that we could describe as transfigurations: think of the birth of a child; honours coming from the hard work of getting an education; truly enjoying the benefits of good health.

Our lives are also filled with crucifixion experiences: the loss of a job or economic instability; the loss of a loved one to death; and the pain of illness. The same glory shines through both of these real-life situations if we but let it in, and in so doing, we let Christ in at ever-deeper levels of our lives.

Lord, help us to be transfigured in Your love.   

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8月6日 ( 五 ) 耶穌顯聖容慶日

達尼爾先知書 7:9-10,13-14 
或 伯多祿後書 1:16-19
聖詠 97[96]:1-2,5-6,9
馬爾谷福音 9:2-10

今天是普世教會慶祝耶穌顯聖容的慶日,馬爾谷、瑪竇和路加都記載了這事,可知初期教會對其重視的程度。而且,三部稱為「對觀福音」的記錄都在伯多祿宣認耶穌為默西亞之後。馬爾谷和瑪竇更把耶穌顯聖容的記錄,緊接著主耶穌的首次預言自己的苦難。因此,可以明白耶穌顯聖容對信友的兩個重要幅度:首先是要認出主耶穌的真實身分才能領悟祂的天主性;第二、進入光榮之前的苦難乃在所難免。耶穌顯聖容給予在今天渴求舒適生活的人重大的挑戰,因為要能相信才能認出主的工作,而不是見了才相信。同時,主耶穌也挑戰我們要走出舒適圈來與祂相遇。這都不是容易的事,但卻是走向主的不二法門,而且是天父從天上對宗徒代表所要求的:「這是我的愛子,你們要聽從祂!」這三位宗徒都按主耶穌所吩咐的做好了,同樣的邀請也給了我們。為今天的祈禱,可以透過默觀來與主耶穌說出你的回應。

主耶穌,請賜給我們無懼地跟隨祢的恩寵。

(theology.org.hk)
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