Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Transfiguration of Our Lord

Today we celebrate the great feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Scripture tells us that Jesus took his disciples Peter, James and John up Mt. Tabor with Him, and there He was transfigured before them--in other words, He appeared to them in all His glory and majesty. Moses (giver of the Law) and Elijah (the great prophet) are seen speaking with him about what will soon take place in Jerusalem (that is, His crucifixion and death, and resurrection). In Fra Angelico's portrayal, however, we see two additional figures: St. Dominic and Mary, the Mother of God. They were not present at the Transfiguration when it actually happened! But Fra Angelico (good Dominican that he was) makes the point here that we too can enter into the mysteries of salvation through prayer and lectio divina. With Peter, we can say, "Lord, it is good for us to be here!" and with Peter also we can hear the Lord saying in response, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him." Let us strive to listen to the voice of the Lord and follow Him in all we do, so that like the disciples, we may always see Jesus before us.

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