Feast of the Transfiguration
Sunday, August 6, 2017
2 Peter 1:16-19
"Beloved: We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of Christ but we have been eye witnesses." 2 Pt 1:16
What does the Transfiguration of Jesus and the anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima (1945) and of ISIS sweeping across the Nineveh Plain of northern Iraq (2014) have in common?
There were eye witnesses.
This Feast day of the church shares both the memories of a unique revealing of God's love for us and the horrors we humans are capable of inflicting upon each other. We know this in many ways but most profoundly by those who witnessed these events.
For each of these events, there was no fake news, no political pundits, nor even talking points. There was the reality of what took place and the effect upon the lives those who gave witness.
To paraphrase 2nd Peter: There are messages in each of these events that we would do well to be attentive so that light of truth may dispell the lies that surround us.
As members of the Order of Preachers, we are called to seek truth and to speak truth to powers that harm humanity and all of God's creation.
For Your Reflection
On this Feast Day Sunday, consider one action you will take this next week that will bring the transfirgured light of Christ to others and to our Earth.
Sister Roberta A. Popara, OP