ST. JUDE PARISH

17 MOUNT OLIVE ROAD, BUDD LAKE, NEW JERSEY

The Transfiguration of the Lord: August 6, 2017

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Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration. And the Holy Scripture today speaks about the transformation of Christ by the empowering of God the Father, who sent His Son as our savior and redeemer. The Transfiguration challenges us to revitalize our faith as true disciples of Christ and to transform our lives by growing in our faith in Jesus each time we celebrate the Sacraments.

Each Sacrament that we receive transforms us. Baptism, for example transforms us into sons and daughters of God and heirs of heaven. Confirmation makes us temples of the Holy Spirit. By approaching the Sacrament of Reconciliation when we recognize, by repenting, that we have sinned, God brings us back to the path of holiness. By receiving in faith the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, we are spiritually, and if God wills physically, healed and our sins are forgiven. And by celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist, we become one body in Holy Communion with Jesus Christ. Jesus is in us and we are in Jesus when we celebrate the Eucharist.

Brothers and sisters: In moments of doubt and times of despair, the expectation of our transformation in heaven helps us to reach out to God and to listen to His consoling words: “This is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.”

We need transformation in our own lives, but we have to spend some extra time in prayer in order to be transformed by God. Let us pray more and let God come into our lives and we will be more willing to help others.