The Sunday celebrations for the month of August begins with the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Each year we hear the Gospel accounts of this event on the Second Sunday of Lent. Of course, that which we hear proclaimed during the days of Lent has a different emphasis during the days of Ordinary Time, or even on the day designated as its feast. Peter, James, and John see a glimpse of the Lord with the Prophets. What they “see” gives them strength and encouragement as they face the coming Passion and Resurrection of the Lord. What they “hear” refines their faith in the Lord. They “teach” us to stand in awe before the mystery and to enter into this mystery which will bring us through our own death to resurrection.
This day also marks the earthly to the heavenly transition of Blessed Pope Paul VI. In 1978, when this event occurred, this feast also fell on a Sunday. Paul will perhaps be most remembered for reconvening the Second Vatican Council after the death of Pope Saint John XXIII. His devotion to the Blessed Mother was so firm that, following the example of his predecessor Saint Ambrose of Milan, he declared Mary as “Mother of the Church.” During his pontificate, he struggled through a world and Church in transition. It is said that the great irony of his life was to be called home on the Feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration.
On this day we pray:
God of glory, it is good for us to be here. Reveal your Son to us now in the message of the prophets and in the witness of the Apostles, that we may heed his voice and receive him in faith.
May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!
P.S. We bid farewell to Dorene Rodriguez who has served as our Assistant Coordinator of Religious Education. While she is leaving Blessed Sacrament, Dorene will remain within the Diocese of Orlando working in the Tribunal Office at the Chancery.