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Monday, August 6, 2018

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Transfiguration of the Lord

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
2 Peter 1:16-19
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
Mark 9:2-10

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eye-openers and ear-openers

"Listen to Him." —Mark 9:7

After Pentecost until the end of the Church year, we begin six months of intensive work in evangelizing the world and building God's kingdom. As we enter the third month of working, we may be bogged down. We can blame it on the "summertime blues" or the heat of the day. We often blame other people for our problems; especially we like to blame the Church.

Maybe, however, "the trouble is in our set," that is, on our end, and has nothing to do with the temperature or the season of the year. Maybe we're simply not listening to Jesus. We need to see Jesus transfigured before us and hear a voice saying: "This is My Son, My Beloved. Listen to Him" (Mk 9:7). We need to keep our attention closely fixed on the prophetic message (2 Pt 1:19). We need anything that will open our ears to hear the Lord.

May this feast of the Transfiguration be an eye-opening and especially an ear-opening experience. "Let him who has ears heed the Spirit's word to the churches!" (Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)

Prayer:  Father, may Your voice pierce the darkness and confusion in my life.

Promise:  "He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve Him." —Dn 7:14

Praise:  Praise You, Jesus, transfigured, crucified, risen, ascended, and glorified!

Reference:  (Let the Lord accompany you in healing your heart after a divorce or separation. His love will guide you to wholeness again. We offer a Divorced Retreat on Sept. 14-16 at our Retreat Center in Adams County, Ohio. Call 513-373-2397 or 937-587-5464 or see website www.presentationministries.com to register or for more information.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 15, 2017

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