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Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Lord says ... Matthew 17:1-9


1Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. 3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. 4Then 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.” 5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, 

“This is my beloved Son, 
with whom I am well pleased;
 listen to him.”

6When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” 8And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. 9As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

I have a cousin who always goes to church and visit the Blessed Sacrament every night after the end of business day. Every time we see other, my ears are always open to what her heart is speaking out as a mother.  She always prays for her son’s conversion who is becoming abusive of himself. Her son is into smoking marijuana, gambling, womanizing, and going out to bar to have a drink every night.  He never worked after graduating from college.  He enjoys being with his friends only and never even helped her in their business.   Arguments have been the daily happenings in their household.  Whatever pleadings her mother ask him to  change his ways, always become futile.  The more he plays deaf and ignores her.  She never stopped praying for more than five years.

Until one day, she came to know that her son impregnated his girlfriend.  Her son doesn’t know what to do because his girlfriend’s family doesn’t approve of the relationship. The reasons -- he has no job to support a family and he has many vices. At the end, this didn’t stop her son from proving to his girlfriend’s family that he is capable of becoming a responsible man.  From then on and after the birth of his own son,  my cousin’s son who used to cause his mother’s heart so much pain, is now a changed man.  It’s really never too late to change for the better.  The challenge he accepted to prove that his girlfriend’s family was wrong, is worth taking the sacrifice he did and worthy of having my cousin’s prayer be answered at the end. 

Transfiguration deep within our hearts and how these changes emanate to others are more important than the physical changes we do to make  us appear more beautiful to others.  It can happen only if we ask for God's graces to allow it. Refusal to change is another problem.  

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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