St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

P.O. Box 1748, 1927 RR 1431,

Kingsland TX 78643

Office: 325-388-3742

Lee Hall: 325-388-0397

email:stcharles@nctv.com

Pastor:
Reverend Father Uche Evaristus Obikwelu

Mission: Our Lady of the Lake

120 RR 2233,

Sunrise Beach TX 78643,

4 miles off TX Hwy 71

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD – 2017

 Jesus Manifests God’s Glory: The account of the transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ before his three Apostles is not only for the strengthening of their faith, but ultimately is to manifest the Glory of his Father. As the Gospel of Matthew tells us, Jesus has gone up to the mountain with Peter, James, and John; there he was transformed while Moses and Elijah sandwiched him on his left and right sides. This indescribable scene moved Peter to say to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” The messianic mission is the fulfillment of the promise of God the Father, which was made possible in the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Since Jesus mission has already been commissioned by his Father, it is proper to suggest that everything Jesus does is to lead to the Glory of God the Father. Hence, when the transfiguration took place, it was the Glory of God the Father that Jesus manifested to his apostles, because Moses and Elijah have been dead for centuries, but they came to testify to the Apostles that the Anointed One, Jesus Christ, is sent by God the Father. Peter's request to build three booths on the mountain showed how he would rather prefer to stay forever glorifying God on this mountain than to live elsewhere. He experienced the glimpse of a joyful eternity. This glorious experience culminated in the voice of the Father to say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” My brothers and sisters, do we realize that the Glory of God the Father is manifested through our Lord Jesus Christ at every time we attend the Holy Eucharist of the Mass. The transubstantiation of the Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the word of God that are proclaimed to us, the Assembly – the people of God present, and the Priest who offers the sacrifice of the Mass to God the Father, through his Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit; and on behalf of the congregation should always spark the same feeling that Peter experienced at the Transfiguration of the Lord on the Mountain. When we enter the Church where the Tabernacle red light is on, we should genuflect or reverence the Lord in the Tabernacle, if

we could not genuflect, we can bow. If we came late, we should wait till after the word of God – the readings are finished; we should not move around or be distracted. We need to be attentive while the priests prays the prayers of consecration during Mass. When it is absolutely necessary that we talk, it has to be under subdued tone. Exchange of peace should be peaceful and not loud like in some social gatherings. If we could allow ourselves the privilege to participate in the above mentioned liturgical activities, we will not be far away from Peter’s experience. In Christ, Father Uche Obikwelu


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Aug 6, 2017 Category: Pastors Posted by: cmscharles