The Transfiguration of the Lord

Published on Aug 5th, 2017 by Parish Office | 0

The Transfiguration, by Raphael (Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums) Public Domain. Click to enlarge.

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

Last week we looked at that treasure which is worth more than anything else. This is what Peter was experiencing on that mountain during the Transfiguration. He wanted to build a tent and just stay there. But, that was not to be.

The relationship with Jesus we seek is not lived on a mountain nor in a church nor solely through prayer.  A relationship is a living thing that occurs throughout every day and is expressed in every event of our lives. Our relationship with Christ is lived through every other relationship with people and with things.  This primary relationship colors every relationship and turns it into a divine encounter, a transfiguration of sorts where we can see Jesus clearly for who he is.

The church gives us many tools for working on this relationship: Eucharist, Reconciliation, prayer, devotions, Scripture, Works of Mercy, just to name a few. The tools are available, but the most challenging aspect is the time. When we want a good relationship, we must give it the time, time for prayer, time for Scripture, time for the works of mercy, etc.

Perhaps, before summer is gone, we could spend some time climbing a mountain (getting off by ourselves) to reflect on the importance of this relationship and how we might grow closer to our Lord.

With Love,

Fr. Tom

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