And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter and James and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And his garments became shining and exceeding white as snow, so as no fuller upon earth can make white. And there appeared to them Elias with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he knew not what he said: for they were struck with fear.
And there was a cloud overshadowing them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying: This is my most beloved son; hear ye him. And immediately looking about, they saw no man any more, but Jesus only with them. And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them not to tell any man what things they had seen, till the Son of man shall be risen again from the dead. And they kept the word to themselves; questioning together what that should mean, when he shall be risen from the dead. And they asked him, saying: Why then do the Pharisees and scribes say that Elias must come first?
Saint Mark 9: 1-10 www.drbo.org
The Transfiguration of Our Lord is celebrated on August 6. My intentions were to have this piece done and out, so that it could have been viewed yesterday but I haven’t been as obedient as I would like to be. There is a bit of chaos going on in my life right now, it is nothing really serious just some re-adjustments. However, they are making me re-eveluate and find different ways to schedule my time and I am not great at that. I see this as a chance for the enemy to “talk me out” of what I feel called to do and if we have a viable excuse it makes it that much easier to wonder off our “God given path” and allow everyday inconveniences to overtake our obedience.
I wonder how many times the Disciples “got off of their God given path” and Jesus had to gently re-align them with His goals for them. You know of at least a few Disciples that when faced with some “inconvenience”, they did what many of us might have done—lied, betrayed, stayed silent, lost sight of the “plan”, allowed fear to overtake them, etc.. Yet, Our God knew each one and each reaction. Do you think that He wished that they would make the right choice but knew what choice they would truly make?
Holy Father be our guide, you know our choices, our strengths, our abilities, but most of all you know our weaknesses, our schedules, our desire for our independence–self-reliance, and unfortunately total control. Help us to see that in our control, we are out of control; in our independence we lose track of Your Love and lose the peace of the Holy Spirit.