The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Categories: The Word Is Life

Have you ever seen a sunrise or sunset and been mesmerized by its beauty? Or Aurora Borealis on a dark winter’s night? Those are the only experiences that I have had that could come close to what the disciples experienced with Jesus’ transfiguration. My experiences were natural phenomena. Jesus himself was transfigured.

Once, when I was a young religious sister, I was at a gathering of sisters and I had the insight that, if we knew deeply how much we were loved by God, we would glow. This insight delighted me, and I still believe it. Maybe this is one reason that Jesus was transfigured. He was absolutely confident about how the Father loved him. He was completely and fully open to his role in salvation history and his evolving mission.

We are familiar with fictional superheroes having extraordinary power, but these powers are not caused by holiness or oneness with the Creator of all that is. We like to be entertained by characters who can do battle with the forces of evil. Are we as inspired by the source of our salvation who defeated the power of death?

Jesus, today is a day to be open to the mystery of your transfiguration.

Inspire us to be as confident about your Father’s love for us.

Guide us to recommit ourselves to our baptismal promises and

so be a witness to your love and service in the world. Amen

Pat Carter, C.S.J.

Pat Carter, C.S.J. is a disciple, a teacher, and an advocate for the poor. She has been a Sister of St. Joseph for more than half of her life and loves to use words to inspire faith and laughter. She is a cantor at her parish of St. Jerome’s in Sault Ste. Marie.

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