I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Reflection for March 12, Second Sunday of Lent; Matthew 17:1-9

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 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. Then Peter said 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." When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and do not be afraid." And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
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Has there been a time in your life wherein you feel giving up already because of the hardship that you’ve been going through? What did you do? Did you ask Jesus to help you face you trials? Did you ask Jesus to help you carry your burdens? Did you ask Jesus to strengthen your sagging morale?

One of the many reasons why Jesus brought Peter, James and John to the mountain of Transfiguration is to strengthen them. Jesus knew beforehand that Peter, James and John would be facing gargantuan challenges in their mission for Him. That’s why Jesus saw it fit to bring them first to the mountain of transfiguration to assure them that heaven exist and it’s for them to own someday if they would be faithful to their mission.

Isn’t this our life with Jesus? Life full of challenges and often times trials as well. However, let us not be daunted by these difficulties let us face it with faith for Jesus is with us. He will never abandon us, He will be with us every step of the way.

The event of transfiguration shows us that heavenly glory awaits us all if only we would be faithful to our Baptismal mission. Buy the sad reality is many are not doing it and many are not even aware that they have a mission to fulfill to propagate the faith.
We who know about this must never lose heart in doing our mission for Jesus and for the church.  Jesus is assuring us that heaven is ours to take someday if only we would continue to be faithful to our baptismal mission.

Are you doing your mission for the Transfigured Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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