Brothers and sisters:
Our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
to conform with his glorified body
by the power that enables him also
to bring all things into subjection to himself.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters,
whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved. PHIL 3:20-4:1
Paul tells us our “citizenship is in heaven”. When a person is a citizen of a country, they follow the laws of their country, they have a strong identity as Americans (or any other country), they fight for what is right (true meaning of freedom). What are the laws of God? 10 commandments, 8 beatitudes-study them and live them. What is your identity as a Christian? You are baptized-reject Satan and follow the doctrines of the Creed, called to know, love and serve God, do His will and return to Him (Become a saint)-study the Creed, pray and read the Scriptures to get to know God, serve Him by serving others. Do what is right! When you fail, go to confession and do the next right thing. We are citizens of heaven but earth is a reflection of heaven and it is heaven’s playground. Find God, share God, transform your life now so you know where you are going. Which leads us to the Gospel-The Transfiguration.
Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen. Lk 9:28-36
Today, the Transfiguration takes place and Moses represents the Law, Elijah, the prophets from the Old Testament. Jesus is the One the whole Bible revolves around as the Messiah who came to fulfill the Law and the prophets. This is a foreshadowing of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, the Savior of the world, King of the Universe. It is so important that God the Father speaks again, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” He says “This is my beloved Son of whom I am well pleased at Christ’s baptism.” As we strive to imitate Christ, our lives, starting at Baptism are to be transfigured, transformed, changed to die to self and put on Christ. We are called to carry our daily crosses and offer them up with Christ’s suffering. Then, we are to live in service to others and help them transform themselves. This is our Christian identity. Today, we regain insight and hope from this Good News. In your prayer today, start with the Words of the Father, your Creator, “You are my beloved son/daughter”. We are adopted sons/daughters of God, through Jesus Christ, in Baptism. So, we are all called to be God’s sons and daughters. When we realize this and really meditate on it we live with dignity, not cocky, but humble, not better than anyone but as good as anyone and have a great image of ourselves. Accept who you were created to be and stop trying to please everyone else or what the TV and magazines make you think you should be. God had a very specific design for you. Get to know yourself and you will get to know your Creator. By loving yourself, you love God. His greatest desire is for you to allow Him love you, accept who you are, and transform the world. We only have 70-80 years if we’re lucky, don’t waste any time. Buy in and see what God has to offer you, He promises a lot.. He wants to give it all to you. Let go and let God. The rewards are eternal.
Today’s challenge: Realize who you were created to be through prayer. Heart to heart with your Savior and Creator. Transform the world by transforming yourself through God’s grace.
Become a saint!