Fr. Tom, 8-6-17

Dear Loyola Parishioners & Visitors:
Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. It commemorates the day or event in the lives of Jesus’ most intimate disciples when they saw Jesus as no longer a remarkable teacher, healer, prophet, religious authority but as something more, someone other than they have seen before now. They see in Jesus a unique revelation of God’s activity in the world and they come to realize they have a unique role to play in this new
initiative of God in their world. They see Jesus and through Jesus, themselves, as chosen people from among the Chosen People. But, that is getting too far away from our lived experience and rather theoretical. The feast of the Transfiguration in our lives is better understood as those moments, those life events, that lead us to see reality in a new light, with a new understanding, a reinterpretation of how we have been
interpreting things and people all along that leaves us with greater compassion, increased hope, greater optimism and joy, a gentleness towards one we previously treated and judged rather harshly. These are signs we are or have been in the presence of God.
These are revelations of God’s activity in ourselves transforming, transfiguring, our vision of reality to more closely resemble God’s vision of our reality. So, ask yourself today, ruminate on the question as you go about your daily activity: What experiences in my life frame the way I see and understand the world, reality (the way things really are)? Much of the way we experience the world is conditioned: family of origin,where we are from, the language we speak, the education we received and what was known at the time. But sometimes we have moments of previously unthought
thoughts and arrangement of data which lead to our seeing the whole in a new way or pattern. When you have this kind of experience, it can be said of you that you have been transfigured; and, if transfigured, then in the presence of God because transfiguration is a natural consequence of being in God’s presence it seems from the accounts of the saints, mystics and sacred scriptures.
Fr. Tom