Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Heb. 11:1-7 | Ps. 145:2-5, 10-11 | Mark 9:2-13

Jesus is transfigured before the apostles so that their faith in Him can be strengthened.  Jesus also tells them about His inevitable death.  When the apostles ask Him about the return of Elijah, Jesus tells them that Elijah has returned; and, Jesus will be treated with contempt and suffer greatly.  He is trying to bring the apostles to take the transfiguration to heart and to hold onto this in order to be ready for His crucifixion and death.

The author of Hebrews reminds us that it was faith that brought all the people from the Hebrew Scriptures through all the difficulties that they encountered.  He is attempting to teach us that we too can be brought through all the difficulties of life through our faith in God.

Think of a time when you felt God in your life.  Recall that event and stay with it for a while allowing yourself to feel the same presence of God in your life.  Now, do something to remind yourself of God’s love for you so that you will be able to recall that love when things do not go the way you want them to go.  Remember God’s love in that moment of sorrow.

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