Posted by: fvbcdm | August 7, 2014

Feast of the Transfiguration (6 August 2014)

August 6 is the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, that moment when three of the apostles were privileged to have a vision of Jesus in glorious majesty on a mountaintop, flanked by Moses and Elijah of the Old Testament, and commended by the voice of God our Father who said, about Jesus, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Just within the last few years, Pope John Paul II, instituted another set of mysteries of the Rosary, called the luminous mysteries. The fourth of them is the Transfiguration, a preview of the glory of Jesus after his resurrection.

August 6 also is the anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. It demonstrated the fearful power of the atom as a weapon of destruction, and precipitated the end of World War II. Let us pray that never again is atomic power used against human life, but always for its betterment.

And in the gospel of the Mass for this Sunday, we see Our Lord exercising his divine power by walking on water, by enabling his apostle Saint Peter to do the same thing, and then reprimanding Saint Peter for his lack of faith and consequent beginning to sink into the lake. There are instances in the life of Jesus when he uses his power to work miracles without any faith on the part of the recipient, as when he raised the dead. But there were times when he asks for faith in his power, and indicates that where faith is weak, his power is less effective, as in this case of Saint Peter sinking when he began to fear even while walking on the sea. Let us go through life trusting in Our Divine Lord and not fearing that God will not be with us in our needs. May he never have to say of us, AYou of little faith!@ Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.


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