The Transfiguration of Jesus is a very striking moment of indescribable beauty and glory unfolded before the very eyes of the Peter, James, and John. It will be a light at the end of the tunnel for the apostles when they witness to their Master’s suffering and death on the cross. Jesus gave them that gift of spiritual vision like a shot in the arm to strengthen them in the face of their own persecution.

Our life can also be a mountain climb with Jesus and the apostles, for we too have our own Transfiguration moment. It demands an arduous effort and courage to overcome distraction and discouragement posed by the desert tempter that we encountered in last week’s Gospel, with its offer of comfort to discontinue our Lenten journey of penance and sacrifice.

Our resolve to improve our spiritual life will surely meet challenges from the devil to divert our attention to the lure of materialism. The worldly temptation is strong and we need prayer and penance to overcome it. St. Paul acknowledges that those who make themselves enemies of the cross of Christ will end in destruction. These are people who make earthly things a priority over spiritual matters. He urges us to realize that our citizenship is in Heaven. St. Rose of Lima tells us that the cross of Christ is our ladder to Heaven for it is only by sharing in his passion and cross that we share in his glory.

Life is Christ and his way of life is not a paved highway or panoramic skyway, but a rough and rugged way but it leads to his promised life of eternal happiness. Trials give meaning to our spiritual journey and move to on with direction. Sometimes we encounter persecution in standing for truth and faithful to our religion, but let’s look at it as an opportunity and grace to experience Jesus’ persecution and suffering.

What’s your Transfiguration moment? Is it a healing process through forgiveness of some past unresolved hurts and offenses? Is it a cure from serious illness through prayer and trust in God’s mercy? Whatever it is, we have the Transfiguration experience that gives us a sense of life’s perspective to look at our problem that comes along as no more than a pebble in the shoe. And as we recall our discomfort and pain, we also recall our moments of joyful surprise when after removing our shoe, we found only a grain of sand.

On the flip side, someone said that people with good intention make promises, but people with good character keep them. We must learn who is Gold and who is Gold-plated. Don’t tell people your plans, show them your results. Things sometimes look hard to deal with, but not impossible. There’s always that one person in your life whom you can’t walk away from even if you know you have to.  When you’ve done what you can do, that’s when God steps in and do what you can’t do. ( 2 Corinthians 12:10). Do good things to others for it will come back in unexpected ways. Amen on that folks!!

St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “True greatness of the soul is in loving God and in humility.” (Diary 427).

Pray the Divine Mercy every day. Daily pray the Chaplet of Mercy and the Holy Rosary for peace in our families and in the world.


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