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August 6 - Be Transfigured With Him  

Dear Friends in Christ,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration: "Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led 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." This Feast reminds us of three things: seeing, hearing, and Sonship.

First, seeing: "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.'" We usually think Peter said something wrong. In fact, only his timing is wrong. His instinct is absolutely right: we are meant to see God in His glory, to remain there. He came into the world and redeemed us precisely so that, seeing Him in Glory, we can become like Him.

Second, hearing: "[T]hen from the cloud came a voice that said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.'" Our eyes are meant to look on Christ in glory; our ears are meant to listen to Him. In the ancient Jewish understanding, the word listen or hear is synonymous with obey. The one who genuinely hears or listens to Him responds faithfully to what He says. To listen means to shape one's life on the words of Christ.

Third, Sonship. We are called to see and hear the Son of God, so that we can become like the Son of God, so that we can grow in our own identity as sons and daughters of God. To see Him is to see what God's grace makes us. To hear Him is to live according His Sonship. He is transfigured to reveal what we shall become.

But what in fact do we see and hear? What do we watch, look at, and listen to? We live in perhaps the noisiest and most visually stimulated culture ever. Worse still, we willingly allow ourselves to be distracted -- or we distract ourselves -- with our screens and earbuds. To see Him, our Lord took Peter, James, and John "by themselves" or "apart" from the crowds. So also, for us to see and hear Him we need to be apart, to set aside these things and carve out time in our lives for silence to hear Him and contemplation to see Him.

Living out the grace and truth of the Transfiguration means to train our sight and hearing to see Christ more clearly and obey Him more freely.

Updates

Additional Sunday Mass
Over the past several Sundays, we have noticed increased attendance at Mass (good!) but, due to social distancing requirements, less space available (bad). So we have added an extra Mass to accommodate people. For the time being we will have Mass at 4pm on Sunday in addition to our regular schedule.

Pack the Snacks!
Please see the post below for 7th and 8th graders to assist our Social Outreach Committee in assembling snacks for Catholic Charities St. Lucy Project.

Assumption Novena
Bishop Burbidge invites you to join him in a novena (below) for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th -- that God may strengthen all healthcare workers with his grace, pour out his healing love on those suffering with coronavirus, and grant eternal rest to those who have died from coronavirus.

Rectory Ramblings
Can you be both Catholic and American? Tomorrow night I will host Bob Reilly to talk about his new book, America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding. Friday at 8pm.

Through the intercession of our Lady and Saint James, may the Lord bless and keep you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Scalia