A Reading According to the Gospel of Luke – Lk. 9:28-36
" Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John
and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying,
the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became
dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to
accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy
with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who
stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to
Jesus, «Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths,
one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah» — not knowing what he
said. As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were
afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud,
saying, «This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!» And when the voice
had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one
in those days anything of what they had seen. "
A few days after having confirmed Peter in his mission as the "rock" (Mt.
16:18) and foundation upon which he would build his Church, Jesus takes
Peter, John and James up on a mountain, Mount Tabor in Galilee. Jesus
certainly could have taken with him the twelve apostles, and invited them
all to contemplate his glory in the Mystery of his Transfiguration. But
he did not do so. For he wanted to give us a sign: that of divine election.
What the Mystery of the Transfiguration realizes in Jesus is the
glorification of human nature, elevated by God to the most profound
intimacy, in limitless charity, with divine nature itself. Jesus-Man is
truly transfigured: the glory of divinity is reflected in a dazzling way
on his face and on his entire being. But this is also, and especially, a
sign for the men and women who are called by God to share in his infinite
Saint Luke tells us that Jesus prayed. Now, Jesus did not pray as if he
had to ask his Father for some power he did not have: Jesus is both God
and Man, and he is the Almighty. Thus, if Jesus prayed, and he did do
so, it was to give us an example to follow, it was to be the sign of
humanity glorified by the Father, in the Spirit. Thus, when Jesus prays
with the three apostles Peter, John and James, he does so in order to
tell us, by way of a sign, that only a few men (or women) respond to the
call of God.
Of course, among the apostles, it was not only Peter, John and James who
were among the elect of God. But, in the group of the nine other
apostles that Jesus did not take with him, there was Judas, the traitor,
the "son of perdition" (Jn. 17:12). This clearly shows that these nine
others signified those men and women who, unfortunately, would be lost
forever, not benefiting from the bliss of Heaven and the glory of God.
Jesus never ceased repeating this in his discourses: "Many are called,
but few are chosen." (Mt. 22:14)
God desires the salvation of all the men and women he created in his Love.
This is true, and it will always remain true until the end of the world.
But who wants to make the effort to attain Salvation in Jesus Christ?
Who wants to follow the Lord in the ignominy of the Cross of Calvary in
order that he might thus receive, from the Father, the Glory of the
Resurrection in the Holy Spirit? Who is the man or woman who speaks with
Jesus in Holy Communion, asking him, in the silence of the heart, for the
graces necessary for him or her to carry each day’s cross?
For this is our daily Transfiguration: Communion of the Body and Blood of
Christ! Through it, we are already glorified and transfigured with
Christ, going step by step on the sometimes smooth, sometimes difficult
road of this earthly life. Through the Mystery of his Transfiguration in
the presence of Moses and Elijah, Jesus wanted to show his apostles,
ahead of time, the Glory of his Resurrection. They would thus be better
able to undergo the trial of the Cross and the Passion of their Master.
We, too, can receive within us the risen Jesus in order to be better able
to carry our daily cross.
Peter is filled with the joy of the Spirit! Peter is happy! Are we not
just as happy when Jesus comes to visit us through his grace? Or when we
approach the altar to receive the Body of Christ? Truly, Peter is at the
summit of happiness, to the point that he no longer knows what he says:
"… not knowing what he said." On the day of Pentecost, during the
feast of Tabernacles, Peter will once again seem almost insane with joy
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit who will have just entered him.
People will even think that Peter and the apostles are drunk: "They are
filled with new wine." (Acts 2:13) Indeed, they had drunk of the wine of
Jesus, Moses and Elijah disappear in the cloud that covered them. Peter,
John and James are frightened. But of what are the apostles really
afraid? Of the cloud, or of the voice of the Father? In fact, both of
these are a single Mystery: that of the New Covenant in Jesus the Son of
God. The cloud makes the representatives of the Old Law – Moses and
Elijah – disappear, in order to make way for the New Law in Jesus Christ.
When the Father speaks, this is nothing other than the proclamation of
the Good News, the Good News that lives in Jesus the Son of God. The
cloud and the voice of the Father both lead to Jesus, and Jesus alone:
"When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone."
The new has a certain attraction: it changes! But, the new also causes
fear, for what is new to us is unknown. The same applies to the new life
in Jesus Christ: it attracts us, but in a sense it also frightens us.
Who is not afraid of death? And yet, it is the only thing that can bring
us this new life in Jesus the Son of God. All the men and women of the
earth are called by God to share in his life for all eternity, but which
of them will be the elect of God? Happiness and fear, love and justice:
an inseparable couple!
Even if the Spirit of God were to give someone the inner conviction that
he is one of the elect of the Lord, why would this person shout it out
from the rooftops? First of all, due to humility, he would fear the
possibility that he is mistaken: "errare humanum est"! Also, if he did
act in this way, it would be extremely likely to cause jealousy in other
people, a jealousy that the devil would not fail to stir up. It would be
better to wait until the day of the Resurrection of the dead to speak of
it! So this is what the apostles did, and particularly Peter, who
awaited the Resurrection of his Master, and even beyond, to speak of the
Transfiguration of the Lord, as he did in his second epistle (cf. 2 P. 1:17).
The Most Blessed Virgin Mary lived this Mystery of the Transfiguration in
a very special way: for nine months, she carried Jesus within her and
enjoyed a unique intimacy with her Divine Son. Let us ask her to allow
us to share a little in that happiness each time we communicate of Jesus
in his Eucharist, he who comes into us to transfigure us in him!
Canon Dr. Daniel Meynen
Updated – 5:58 PM Central Time USA – Thousands of Our Lady of Medjugorje’s children respond to call for prayer in anticipation of tsunami to strike Hawaii.
A spokesman for Caritas/Medjugorje.com said,
"We heard from people all over who were offering this intention to Our Lady today. The Community of Caritas also offered this intention in prayer to Our Lady during the time She appears in Medjugorje."
Gerald Fryer, a geophysicist with the Pacific Tsunami
Warning Center said after the tsunami hit the Hawaiian islands:
"t’s almost the best sort of tsunami you can possible have, one that’s big enough that everyone sees that something happened, but not big enough to cause any damage.” It was much smaller than what had been expected. Fryer also said, “It’s beginning to look like we escaped sort of with the skin of our teeth."
Our Lady of Medjugorje said before December 26, 1982,
"You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can… suspend the laws of nature."
Is this an answer to prayer or not? You decide…
Tell us what your decision is in comments at the end of this page below.
Hilo Bay, Hawaii
Notice the above picture before effects of tsunami and below dirty discolored water as it is being dragged out. Typically water withdraws by the actions of the oncoming tsunami.
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A man in Santiago carries a statue of Our Lady after the earthquake. The release of the secrets of Our Lady of Medjugorje, whatever they may be, will have the same effect drawing hundreds of millions towards God.
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The Story of Blessed Andre Bessette (1845 – 1937)
A Simple Faith
“I am only a man, just like you,” time after time Brother André Bessette reminded petitioners who came to him. Known as a miracle worker of healing during his lifetime, this humble lay brother insisted on giving all the credit to God, the faith of those healed, and the intercession of St. Joseph. Quietly, he said, “I will pray for you.” Time after time, healing came.
July 5, 1994
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Live Our Lives In The Rosary. Experience Our Sufferings.
Mary speaks: My anguish I felt to watch them persecute my beloved Jesus! He Whom I loved so dearly, my own, very own Child and they stripped Him, beat Him, hated Him, tore His tender beautiful flesh, everything that they did,…
This was my beloved Son. My heart was torn in my chest, my sorrow so great! No yelling or other human expressions could capture the torments of my heart.
My little Baby, to watch such brutality DONE to my precious Child.
Do you know the torments of the heart?
Do you know the pain to behold such vileness done to your own child?
Pain in the heart, I know, I know His love for you, my dear children. I know what He suffered for you. Put yourself there during the Passion. Meditate on His suffering for love of you. Meditate on His love. This is love, to suffer as He did for you. It is so simple, He loved you to His very own death. This is what He would give for you this very day, my little ones. Go to Him and be alone with Him. Turn to Him, love Him. He waits for your love. Praise this good God Who loves you so much to shed His very own Blood for you. Oh children, be present to Him. Live His life, pray the rosary, meditate on His sufferings for you. This will draw you close to Our Hearts. Live Our lives in the rosary. Experience Our sufferings.
Love one another, do not give in to Satan. You cannot accomplish my Son’s tasks if you do not put your differences aside. You must love each other.
Go to Him in the Eucharist. Give your whole hearts to Him. Consecrate yourselves to Us. We will be ever with you, guiding your every step. I am the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I love you as the most loving Mother. Come and find refuge in Our Hearts. We will protect you from the scorching sun. We will hold tight to you and you will never lose your peace.
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Jesus speaks: Oh My child, peace I give to you, not as the world gives you peace, but as only I can give you peace. Come and let Me hold you in My Heart, deeply placed there by My loving Mother. You will find your joy inside of My Heart.
I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I want to be united to you, My little babies. Become as the baby at the breast, total submission, total trust, total yielding to Our ways. Yield to Me. My time is perfect. My ways are set. Yield to Me and I will handle your cares. I love you My sweet ones. Yield. Pray constantly, consecrate yourselves to My Heart and My Mother’s heart.
Let go! Surrender to Me. Let go and come to My Heart. You have been experiencing such turmoil, let go and let Me bring it to you. I have not forgotten you. You need peace. Do not be worried, I will tend to My letters, My sweet one. I want them published. I want the second Blue Book out. Surrender to Me.
I am God. I will handle My work. You love Me. Read My letters and obey them. Obey them. You know your job. Dealing with others is My job. Be at peace and let Me work around you. I love you so. I thank you for this work. Feel joy. My joy I give to you. Let Me work, no matter how hard it is. Stay off the phone, be with your children.
My job is easy, My burden light. Let go now and be at peace. Be my spouse. I miss your attentiveness to Me. Let go of all this foolishness. Let Me work. I am the Lord, your God. I will do My work. I am God. I have spoken.
Be united to the one, true God, for He is truly present and lives in your hearts.(Blue Book August 31st, I Died in Peace)
ASIA/IRAQ – Christians conduct peaceful march, Masses in the
afternoon as a sign of protest: “We want justice,” Syro-Catholic
Archbishop of Mosul tells Fides
Mosul (Agenzia Fides) – Sunday, February 28th, will be a special
day for the Christian community of Mosul: "Bishops, priests, religious,
and lay people will be marching in a peaceful and silent march, in
protest against the daily massacre suffered by the Christian community
and is met with indifference from the authorities," Fides is told by
Archbishop Georges Casmoussa, Syrian-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul.
"The march will take place in Mosul and in a dozen Christian towns and
villages of the surrounding territory. The community is shocked and
wants to draw the attention of the authorities who so far have done
nothing to stop this killing," notes the Archbishop. "The march has no
political or electoral motives, only religious ones" emphasizes the
Prelate. "The Christians want to stay in Iraq and live their faith in
Furthermore, the date of February 28 marks the second anniversary of the
kidnapping of Archbishop Faraj P. Rahho, the Chaldean Archbishop of
Mosul who was abducted and killed and who will be remembered as a martyr
of faith and dialogue.
"For the same reason, in Mosul, on Sunday, February 28th there will be
no Mass in the morning as it will be entirely devoted to this act of
protest and silent prayer. The Eucharist will be celebrated in churches
in the afternoon. We will be fasting and praying for peace and for the
survival of Christians." The Council of the Bishops of Nineveh has
published a document that will be read in every church, explaining the
reasons for the protest. "In this season of Lent, the people pray, fast,
and celebrate the Way of the Cross with faith, imploring the protection
of the Most High,” the Prelate said.
"Many Christian families left the city last week," the Archbishop
comments, expressing his concern: "Security is not guaranteed. There are
soldiers in front of the church, and this helps to prevent terrorist
attacks. But today’s Christian families are being killed on the streets
or in their homes. More protection is needed. We ask authorities that
the culprits be arrested and prosecuted according to law. We want
justice to be done."
The Archbishop also expressed the "consolation and affection" that came
to Mosul with the visit of the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church,
Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly. The Patriarch, who arrived in town
yesterday on a private visit, met with representatives of local
government, highlighting the urgent need to protect the Christian
communities and establish their role in rebuilding the country. "The
gesture of the Patriarch is a great sign of encouragement and support
for all of us," notes Archbishop Casmosussa. "We hope it will help
motivate the civil authorities." (PA)
(Agenzia Fides 27/2/2010)
"Tsunami sirens went off in Hawaii…
People are rushing to the mountains"
Medjugorje brings us to conversion. All events of Medjugorje should lead the world to conversion. We live in incredible times. An earthquake 1,000 times stronger than what struck Haiti, hit Chile, Saturday, February 27, 2010. Haiti and Chile are both Roman Catholic countries. The epicenter hit near the city of Conception*. Our Lady said,
March 25, 1990
"… God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life…"
A most incredible aspect of the earthquake is the reports of possible tsunamis hitting Hawaii and other islands. The predicted time for the possible series of tsunamis to hit is 4:19 EST, Hawaii coast time, 11:19 a.m. In these next hours of the possible tsunami, people are in need of prayer for salvation and conversion. We encourage you to join us in prayer to Our Lady.
People in Chile are in need of Our Lady and the city of Conception*, close to the epicenter, tells us who they need as an intercessory at this moment. Undoubtedly, stories will come out of miraculous savings, people found days later under rubble who survived. So, your prayers are interceding for someone buried alive, or another dying who needs salvation at this moment. What then of your prayers interceding for miracles in waiting of people being saved in different circumstances of a tsunami strike?
Your and our prayers can add to the grace of protection in the next moments until 4:19 p.m. EST. Our Lady says,
"…pray for your brothers. Today many people need lots of prayer…"
These times in which we live Our Lady speaks to us and is comforting in the midst of disasters and looming disasters. We should use these moments to convert and to pray for further conversion for ourselves and other souls faced with this crisis. It’s at these moments people go to their knees.
Therefore, pray for others to convert, that every situation be a cause for conversion of souls. Our Lady said on April 25, 1983:
"… Be converted! It will be too late when the sign comes. Beforehand, several warnings will be given to the world. Hurry to be converted. I need your prayers and your penances…"
Oh, Mary, we will do so.
Pray, pray, pray,
A Friend of Medjugorje
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*Which means “concepcion” in spanish and is a name given in reference to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
Japan Meteorological Agency’s official Yasuo Sekita discusses supposed impact of tsunami triggered by an earthquake in Chile during a news conference at the agency in Tokyo.
The first waves were expected to arrive in Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Saturday (4:19 p.m. EST). The Ewa Beach, Hawaii-based center called for "urgent action to protect lives and property" in Hawaii, which is among 53 nations and territories subject to tsunami warnings."The main thing is we want everyone to take this event seriously," said Charles McCreery, director of the center. McCreery said he didn’t know how big the waves will be, but he expected them to be the largest to hit Hawaii since 1964.
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February 27, 2010
In favor of a Personal Responsibility Insurance Act
By John F. Kippley
It certainly seems like a good idea to me that everyone should have access to health care via insurance, that health insurance should be portable, and that the wide community should share the costs of catastrophic diseases and injuries. These are the points on which the topic of health care reform solicits great sympathy on the part of many Americans. There are, however, five huge problems.
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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at email@example.com