“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!”

Yesterday’s Mass celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration using Mark’s rendition of the event (Mk 9:2-10).  Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a mountain where they see Him transfigured while Elijah and Moses appear and speak with Jesus.  “Terrified,” Peter’s first words appear at top.  He also offers to build tents for each of the three men.  Then the voice of the Father is heard acknowledging His Son and commanding that He be listened to.  Then all returns to normal.  On the way down Jesus tells them not to tell anyone about this happening until after He has resurrected.  The three men question amongst themselves what this means.  We should always be able to say the words that Peter first said.  It is good that we were created.  It is good that we are Catholic.  It is good that we are in whatever situation we are in because we can give glory to God in it.  And, especially, it is good that we are here when we experience Christ in the Mass in word and sacrament.  We don’t need a time machine to encounter Christ — we can do so every day in Mass and/or adoration.  Let us remember what a privilege it is to be able to go to Christ in this special mode of presence and greet the Lord with these words.  Then you can know sincerely that He will say to us: “Yes, it is good that you are here with me.”

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