Transfiguration - Be With Jesus
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
DECADE OF THOUGHT: "Transfiguration - Isn't it time you shared your most beautiful, personal, Jesus experience with everyone?"
What an exciting reflection we have today. God wants us to share His glory with us. Can you imagine how Peter, James and John felt seeing our Lord in His Heavenly glory? And in this wonderful mystery we get to sort of get a glimpse at this most spectacular event. We must be reminded that at the onset of this miraculous event the disciples were asleep; but they were awoken by the glory of the Transfiguration. We must not fall asleep when Jesus is right in front of us, we really need to stay alert and awake. But think of how privileged these three blessed men were to be right there. It is sadly true right now, for now, in the world we live in; that we can't literally stand in Jesus' human physical presence. But Praise Jesus for the Holy Eucharist, we still have the chance to be with Him every single day. The gospel for this mystery really needs to be shared for all of us to see it, read it and meditate upon it. Please try to develop your own bible study, daily reflections habits. And when you do, I highly recommend you read scripture every single day, straight from God's word.
Luke 9:28-36"About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen."
How much do we really seek our Lord's presence? This is a very important part of our walk with Him. I invite all of you start making Eucharistic Adoration more a part of your life, even if all you do is start with once a month and then twice and then if you are able to, once a week. In my earlier years I went to Adoration weekly, I still remember it like it was yesterday, Tuesday nights from about 9pm to midnight. I juts find that the Transfiguration has me thinking about being with Jesus, and how the disciples were so blessed to have been there with our Lord, during that most spectacular scene.
Some people don't really know what this is. It's really all about spending time physically in our Lord's presence. Jesus is ever present in the Holy Eucharist, and when we spend time at our church during Eucharistic Adoration, we are spending time with Jesus. And know that you don't only have to go to only your church. I have been to many different churches and shrines for Eucharistic Adoration. It is such a blessing to be with Jesus in so many different places. Let us take a look at some of Pope John Paul II's comments about Eucharistic Adoration.
"Public and private devotion to the Holy Eucharist outside Mass is highly recommended: for the presence of Christ, who is adored by the faithful in the Sacrament, derives from the sacrifice and is directed towards sacramental and spiritual communion."
"The Church and the world have great need of Eucharistic adoration. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and contemplation full of faith. And let us be ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease."
"Closeness to the Eucharistic Christ in silence and contemplation does not distance us from our contemporaries but, on the contrary, makes us open to human joy and distress, broadening our hearts on a global scale. Through adoration the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the gospel. Anyone who prays to the Eucharistic Savior draws the whole world with him and raises it to God."
And then here are a few other insightful bits of wisdom. I tend to share quotes alot, because I believe the simple insightful words of someone who loves and adores our Lord is such a blessing for us to reflect upon. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
“Keep seeking Jesus in the Eucharist, and you will live with Him as the Most Holy Virgin did in Nazareth.” ~ St. Teresa of the Andes
"Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!" ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta
"If it were humanly possible to fully understand the value of a Holy Hour everyone would make time to do it!" ~St. Peter Julian Eymard
"The Blessed Virgin is eager to make Jesus in the Eucharist known to all and to group them into a Eucharistic Guard of Honor, a court of devoted adorers!" ~St. Peter Julian Eymard
"Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries
1. Baptism of Jesus2. Wedding at Cana3. Proclamation of the Kingdom4. The Transfiguration5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist