Monday, August 6, 2012

Glory Revealed

Mt. Tabor at Dusk

I could take you back in time over 2000 years to that day with Jesus, Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor. I could ask you to imagine what it must have been like to see Jesus manifest His glory to His Apostles that day.
Yes, I could ask you to imagine that ancient day, but I won't. Instead I ask you to recall the last time you came before Jesus in His Eucharistic Presence either in an adoration chapel, or in church before the tabernacle, or the last time you received Him in Holy Communion. You may not have realized it, but you, in those precious moments were on Mount Tabor with Our Lord. His glory veiled to your bodily eyes, but revealed to the eyes of your heart and soul through faith.
Jesus took Peter, James and John up that mountain that day to strengthen them for His fast approaching Passion and Death.
Those three Apostles must have been changed in some way that day~even strengthened.
So are we every time we come before or receive His Eucharistic Presence. Like the Apostles, and Moses before them, may we not come down from the mountain the same way we went up. Allow the glory of the Risen Lord to change you from the inside out.

A Transfiguration Prayer
Heavenly Father,
You spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and to the Apostles on Mount Tabor where You revealed the splendor of Your glory in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Moses came down from Sinai with his face aglow from being in Your Presence, the Apostles saw Jesus radiant and never wanted to leave Tabor.
As we come before the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist may we be transformed; may we not leave Your Presence the same way we entered, but aglow with Your grace. May we become luminaries of Your splendor and glory in this world, for in Your light we see light.

May we become what we behold and what we receive.

All of this we pray in Jesus' name.

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Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.