“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!”

Now (Mk 9:2-13) Jesus takes just three of His disciples, leaving the rest behind, up a mountain where He is transfigured before them with Moses and Elijah appearing and conversing with Him.  The Father’s words then come: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him” (v. 7) before things go back to normal.  As the four are walking back down, Jesus charges them not to tell anyone about this event until “the Son of Man had risen from the dead.”  (v. 9)  They then question Jesus about Elijah coming first, and Jesus tells them that He already had (speaking of John the Baptist).  Peter’s words during the Transfiguration (in the headline) are words we should consider anytime we are in the presence of Christ.  One may think of this particularly at Mass at the elevation of the Host.  Isn’t it good that we are here!  And isn’t it good that we can be in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist just about anytime we want without fear of physical harm.  And if we are looked down upon, ostracized, or held in contempt by some for our devotion to the Lord, “consider it all joy” (Jas 1:2).  But let us not forget how else we encounter the Lord.  How do we respond to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the ill, the prisoner, the sinner, the prostitute, or any other “undesirable”?  “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40; cf. Mt 25:31-46)  When we come upon these “‘brothers” do we see Jesus?  And if it’s hard to see the Lord in them, think of the disfigurement, caused by sin, of Jesus on the way to Calvary.

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