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Feast of the Transfiguration 

Today’s Mass Readings

Feast of the Transfiguration

Matthew 7:1-9

“This is my Beloved Son. Listen to him.”

Don’t we listen to people who matter to us?

The Father didn’t say, “Follow him.”

 

He didn’t say, “Love Him.

”Probably because before we follow Jesus and love Jesus,
we have to “Listen to him.”

Yes it is true – We listen to people who matter to us.

A doctor is someone we listen to very carefully.

 

Listening involves some degree of intimacy.

 

 

The Transfiguration of Jesus reveals an intimacy
Jesus has with his Father and an intimacy with the poor and destitute.

Jesus took Peter James and John with him up the mountain
to experience the intimacy that he shared with his Father.

That intimacy born of love and honor
gave Jesus the strength to climb another mountain – Calvary.

 

We too need to climb this mountain
of the Transfiguration with Jesus every day
to draw close to his heart and love in prayer,
especially before the Blessed Sacrament.

We need that intimate encounter with Jesus
so we can travel with him down the mountain
where he will encounter through us
all who are suffering without him.

Many of the saints have told us,
‘Jesus has no hands but ours,
no feet but ours, no ears or eyes but ours.’

 

It’s reasonable to want to stay on that mountain of glory with Jesus
and pitch a tent with Peter and the others.

 

The Founder of our religious order, The Institute of Charity
Antonio Rosmini, used this analogy:

The precious moments with Jesus every day in prayer
are like the archer who pulls back his bow
ready to fling the arrow at its target.

We don’t have the strength and healing power of Jesus
to pull back that bow enough
to alleviate the suffering in another’s heart.

We can feed them and clothe them and meet all their other needs,
but only Jesus is the Master of the heart.

 

Let Jesus master our hearts in prayer every day,
so whenever we encounter another person in need,
they will say what Peter said, “It is so good that you are here!”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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