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Church of the Home for Saturday, August 5

The Transfiguration

This weekend is the Feast of the Transfiguration. This feast recalls and celebrates Jesus’ revelation of his divinity to three of his friends—Peter, James, and John—on a high point on Mount Tabor.

Peter’s response to Jesus’ transfiguration and the appearance of Moses and Elijah is, “Lord, it is good that we are here.” He wanted to make three tents for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah and stay atop the mountain. But there were other plans in place and they descended the mountain.

Why didn’t Jesus want Peter to build those shelters on the mountain?

There are many churches and shrines built over holy sites. But what makes a site holy is not the building itself, but the memory of believers, the community of people who have gathered in these places throughout the centuries to remember together.

Rather than building a monument in response to holiness, we are called to become living stones. We are called to become a testament to the transfiguration we have seen. We don’t need to pitch a tent. We just have to go out, share the memory, and transfigure the world.

Celebrate the Transfiguration in your Church of the Home:

  • Pray a decade of the Luminous mysteries together —the Transfiguration, of course!

  • In the Scriptures, mountains are often portrayed as sacred places where humans meet God. (Think of Moses on Mt. Sinai and Elijah on Mt. Horeb.) If you can, take a mountain hike today and spend some time in quiet prayer and reflection.

  • Celebrate this feast day with all things WHITE! Wear white clothing; set the dinner table with a white tablecloth and white candles; cook and eat lots of white foods to recall how Jesus’ face “shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light” (Mt. 17:2).

    • Ideas:

      • egg white omelets and biscuits for breakfast

      • fettuccine alfredo or white fish with mashed potatoes or white rice for dinner.

      • Dessert could be meringue cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, or angel food cake with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream. (Heavy cream is ‘transformed’ when you whip it up with a bit of sugar. This is a fun hands-on activity to do with children to bring to mind the Transfiguration!)

      • OR, simply ‘transform’ leftover food into a new dinner to celebrate this transformative feast day.

    • With tradition holding that the Pope presses ripe grapes into the chalice at Mass or uses new wine on this feast, don’t forget to enjoy a bottle of sparkling grape juice or red wine at supper tonight! (The symbolism here is the transformation: fruit develops from bud, to flower, to ripened fruit which is a natural transfiguration. Then, the grapes continue to be transformed from fruit, to juice, to wine, and then sacramentally, to the Blood of Christ received in the Eucharist.)


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Who are the examples of world changers that inspire you to make a difference in the world? How can we take the time we have on Earth to make it a better place? We are called to be the presence of Christ and bring his transforming power of compassion, love, and mercy to the world. Join Marla as she reflects on this weekend's Gospel of the Transfiguration.




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Ruby and Res

Ruby tried to help clean up the Fox River Trail this morning, but it's hard to pick up trash and hold a garbage bag when you only have paws. So instead she got to soak up the sun and some loving from Ross.



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