Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – Transforming Our Lives

Day Twenty Two: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  Do I lean into my calling to be an eternal son or daughter of a living God?

Pause for a few moments of silence, recite the prayers as indicated in chart below if you wish to prepare for today’s mystery.  You might offer a prayer request for each decade or a Hail Mary for a specific person. 

Pray:  The Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Jesus is transfigured on Mount Tabor and becomes radiant.  Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness.

The Transfiguration of Jesus. After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, 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. The Coming of Elijah. 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.”

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who was transfigured on Mount Tabor.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Pray for us Mary, Mother of the New Evangelization, That desire for holiness may set our hearts ablaze.     

Amen

Reflect:   Jesus wants to show us what is possible. This is what it means by being transformed.  Too often our vision is too earthbound, and he wants to open our hearts and minds to all that is possible far beyond our limited thinking. The disciples, like you and I, could only see Jesus in a very limited way because of their limits and humanness. Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on the mountain so God the Father could open their spiritual eyes wider than ever before and see Jesus in all his glory.  They were taken with Jesus and rewarded for:

1. Saying yes to Christ’s invitation,

2. Praying, and

3. Staying close to Him. 

Through meditating on the mysteries of the rosary and scripture, is God opening your spiritual eyes and widening your lens and your spiritual perspective?  The rosary and all scripture points to Christ, meditating on the word is an indispensable way to come to understand Jesus and His mission. It is good for us to spend time in prayer contemplating the person and work of Jesus daily.  Gazing upon Jesus we gain strength and encouragement to face the crosses in our own lives. 

 Act:  Today I will say yes to holiness and a transformed life.  I will accept Christ’s invitation, pray and stay close to Him.  

Inspire with your life. Words convince the mind, but actions change the heart.

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