Shine On

Dear Parishioners,

“Christ's mysteries are our mysteries.” Blessed Columba Marmion once wrote those words. He was saying that we can apply the events in Christ's life to our own. The second Person of the Holy Trinity, by taking on human nature, fused humanity to the divine. What happened (and happens), thus, to our Lord, happens to us.

The Transfiguration, which we celebrate today, was an event and a mystery in Christ's life. It, therefore, is an event or mystery in our own life. I'm sure we are all familiar with this scene. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up to Mount Tabor where a supernatural phenomenon occurs. Jesus elevates, turns blindingly white, and has two ghosts appear alongside him. “And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him” (Matt 17:2-3).

How does this miracle apply to us? No, we are not called necessarily to levitate or commune with the dead. (If those experiences do happen to you, then please call me.) Our faces and clothes are not literally meant to shine white. But we are called to be completely filled with the divine and transmit it. That is the broader message, I think, of the Transfiguration.

Jesus on Tabor acts like a prism. He refracts the divine. God the Father flows through him purely and out to the apostles. The Father does not annihilate Jesus' body or circumvent it. He goes through it.

The Father, likewise, wants to use us to transmit himself. Our lives and our bodies can refract the divine. They can. They do not always and automatically, however. There are things we do that certainly are not divine.

But it is possible to have God's light flow through us in all aspects of our life, mundane as they might seem. God can shine through your household chores. God can shine in your job. God can shine in your hobby. God can shine in your family.

Allow God to shine through your humanity. That is one message of the Transfiguration.

The Men's Club golf outing is Saturday, August 19th. Please sign up if you have not already.

You may have noticed outside the church the Trojan Trail. We sold around 250 bricks and made over $25,000 for the parish! We plan to add more bricks in the future, so stay tuned. Thank you Joanna Drzich for making this happen.

Father James Wallace, Pastor, with FriendsAgain, if you are interested in being a Eucharistic Minister, Lector/Commentator, Usher, or a Sacristan, please let me know. We are in need of these ministers to help improve our Sunday Mass experience! A sacristan would be present in the sacristy (the room off the altar where the priests and altar servers prepare) before Mass begins to help set up and check off the EMs and lectors.

Last Saturday I had an interview on Relevant Radio and then immediately played with the St. Juliana team in a softball tournament at Wildwood Park. Tuesday I made an appearance in the dunk tank for the National Night Out. Hopefully the Lord shone through this all!

Yours in Christ,
Father James

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