READINGS for 2006-08-06
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
THE BUTTERFLY TREE
?And He was transfigured before them, and His clothes became dazzling white ?? ? Mark 9:2-3
There was this lady who had a newly built house. Her architect suggested to her that it would be nice to have a butterfly tree in her garden. He described to her how it would look - lots of beautiful, brightly colored butterflies flying around her garden adding beauty to her home.
May I see beyond caterpillars and instead see them as potential butterflies.
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
9 As I watched, Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was snow bright, and the hair on his head as white as wool; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. 10 A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat. Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened. 13 As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, 14 He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
P S A L M
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
R: The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth.
For James, John and Peter, disciples of Jesus, the Transfiguration must have been a great boost to their faith. It must have acted like a proof to the idea that Jesus was the Messiah. As they reflected back upon their experiences with Jesus, I am sure that this is one that would have come to mind very quickly. As we remember it today, let us open our hearts and minds to allow God to convince us fully as to his identity and what this means to us in terms of our mission in life. Let us bring the Good News of the salvation won by the Son of God to the ends of the earth.
16 We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, ?This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.? 18 We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
G O S P E L
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, ?Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.? 6 He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. 7 Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, ?This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.? 8 Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.
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Glorious Savior of the world, save me from distortion. Configure me unto Your image and likeness. Let nothing and no one destroy Your image in me. Amen.
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