Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Transfiguration

I will be in New Orleans for the Feast of the Transfiguration. There I will give a presentation on Paul: how we are called to introduce ourselves as Paul did - "Christ Lives in Me!"
Have you even noticed the use of the word "garment" in the Scriptures? Jesus garments were transfigured before his apostles (Mk 9:23). Paul and Barnabas tear their garments when they are proclaimed "gods" in Acts 14: 5-19. After all, they just fled from a potential stoning - hated in one town they were adulated in another. The two angels who stand by as Jesus ascends into heaven are in white garments telling us to "go and live likewise." Paul and Barnabas are eventually stoned and Paul realizes this about dazzling garments and the act of tearing garments. These are signs of the kingdom here and not yet. They are signs of newness. We are called to become children of God! The word 'conversion' in the New Testament is an active verb that translates "ongoing change or transformation." Jesus was transformed before the apostles very eyes! Paul says "Clothe yourselves with Christ!" We pray: Lord, enlighten our eyes to see you. Transform us in You through the Spirit. Fill our earthen vessels with your fullness. As Paul may we finally realize that we become Your true image (Vero-nica) when we place the garment of newness on the face of suffering (2 Cor. 4:8-10) when we share in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in our daily life. Our baptismal garment.

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