There are 10 inches of snow outside my front steps. It's mid-March. Surreal.
The entire month has felt surreal so far, so why not big snow in Virginia in March? Sure; why not?
Thank you for your thoughts and kind words last week. I've shared them with Michael. If only everyone could know Jesus the way Shawn knew Him! To me, that's the legacy he left: the inspiration, the urgency to know Christ and to make Him known.
Yesterday's Gospel has us on Mount Tabor with Christ. Well, ideally, it has us there. But some of us are still climbing. I can see Him there, when I look up as I climb. He's there and He gives us a glimpse of heaven. But if I glance down? If I see where I was and I begin to lose my footing.
and led them 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.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then 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.”
While 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.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As 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.”
Jesus, through his Transfiguration, shows us a little spark of the eternal bliss that is awaiting us. Our Lord is transfigured to make us desire eternal happiness in its entirety. ~St. Francis de Sales
And this: But I’m here to say that God is sovereign and good. When I can see the good. And when I can’t see the good. ~Shawn Kuykendall
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
(St. Patrick's Breastplate)
Today, look for the good. Look up! See the good. Write it down. Count the blessings. Every single one.
How can I pray for you this week?