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The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Transfiguration of the Lord

The glory and power displayed on the mountain top reveal to Peter, James and John the true nature of Jesus.  What’s more, as his disciples they will one day enter into that same glory as they offer their lives.  Each day we can be changed through our sacrifice and service so that we will be ready for what awaits us in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

Study: Consider a time when you had an experience of God’s glory and majesty.  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Are you struggling with a tough decision right now?  As the Lord for the power and conviction to carry it out.

Serve:  How might you help another experience God’s power today?

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The readings this week all reveal the majesty and power of God.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Daniel has a vision of God’s glory
  • Psalm – “The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.”
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus receives honor and glory from the Father
  • Gospel – Peter, James and John see the Lord transfigured before their eyes

It is a good thing to reflect on the glory and power of God; after all, as Sons and Daughters of God we will all one day stand before the Lord.  Having died and rose for the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus Christ will gaze into our eyes with understanding, compassion and….power.

Let’s be clear: He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is the one before whom all honor and glory and praise is due.  He is the one before whom we will bend our knee and bow our head.

This awesome and mighty image reveals the authority Jesus has in heaven, on earth and under the earth.  He came to our world in our need and restored what was lost through temptation and sin by the wood of His Cross.

The glory of God that we hear about is not meant to drive us away from God out of fear, but rather to inspire us that the Lord’s victory is complete.  The question for us today is simple: Will we accept the grace of Jesus Christ and allow his glory to transfigure our hearts?

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2nd Sunday of Lent: The power of the Transfiguration. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

The transfiguration of Jesus gives the apostles strength to continue on their journey to Jerusalem, and it gives them an insight into the glory of Jesus.  May we recognize moments when God blesses us as we continue on our journey of faith.

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Daily Mass: Transfiguration hope. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 6th Week of the Year

On the mountain Jesus is transfigured, appearing to three disciples as he stands in Heaven.  His transfiguration offers us hope, that as we carry our crosses and face the challenges of life we will have the strength and guidance we need.

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Daily Mass: The Transfiguration of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – The Transfiguration of the Lord

Peter, James, and John suddenly see the Lord in his heavenly glory.  This glimpse inspires their hope as Christ prepares to face his Passion.  May this feast strengthen our hope to face whatever is before us this day, with our eyes fixed on God’s triumphant glory.


2nd Sunday of Lent – Transfiguration and Sacrifice

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Study:  Recall a sacrifice you have made recently.  What was it about this sacrifice that revealed your values and priorities?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to serve with your whole heart.  Pay attention to anything that is holding you back.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with priorities right now?  How can you help them?

2nd Sunday of Lent Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

What do you think is worth a personal sacrifice?  What would you be willing to give up for someone or something you believe in?

We learn a lot about ourselves by what we are willing to sacrifice.  Our values, personal convictions, and priorities all come into focus with the simple phrase:

Can you give that up?

We make sacrifices all the time.  Some are simple, others complex; some are demanding while others are the act of a moment.  Yet sacrifices reveal the depth of our hearts and our willingness to offer up our lives for something greater, something that we hold precious or valuable.

The thought that Abraham would be willing to offer up his only son – the child of God’s blessing to Sarah in her old age – strikes the modern hearer as barbaric and horrible.  It is a crime against nature: that the innocent could suffer such atrocity sounds more like something from Hell, not Heaven.

Yet Jesus Christ, innocent and without sin, will die a brutal death on the Cross…for us.  The atrocity that confronts us at Calvary reveals the value God places on our human souls – we are loved completely, entirely, and without thinking of the cost the Lord sacrifices his life to take our place for the evil we have done.

This is the power of the transfiguration in the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus, revealed in all his glory with Moses and Elijah, is God’s “beloved Son.”  Coming down from the mountain Peter, James, and John have no idea what lies ahead – they can only marvel at the awesome sight of Jesus as he stands in Heaven…the one who is honored for the sacrifice he makes.

Perhaps then, the real question for us pertains to those things to which we still cling.  What priorities and values do we place higher than Christ?  What is holding us back from embracing the Lord with all our heart?  I suggest considering the following thoughts:

  1. How does my use of TIME reveal my priorities?
  2. How does my use of MONEY reveal my values?
  3. How do I show the PEOPLE in my life that I love them?
  4. How do I live my faith in GOD each and every day?

And if there are things that are keeping me from God & others….

Can I give that up?

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The Transfiguration, Raphael; 1516-1520, oil on wood, 405 cm x 278 cm, Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican City.