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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Why It's Absurd to Skip Luminous (4/5)

Even if you pray the Rosary, and the Luminous Mysteries occasionally, there are 5 compelling reasons why you shouldn't skip Thursday!

4. A Need For The Acceptance Of Painful Glory:

The fourth Luminous mystery is the Transfiguration

q 28 About eight days after he said this, he took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray.*29 While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.30 And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,*31* r who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.32 Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory* and the two men standing with him.s

33 As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents,* one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying.34* While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.35* t Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”36 After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time* tell anyone what they had seen. (Luke 9:28-36)

In answer to the question of why Peter's suggestion was misguided, Jimmy Akin explains in his own Transfiguration listicle that 
The experience of the Transfiguration is meant to point forward to the sufferings Jesus is about to experience. It is meant to strengthen the disciples faith, revealing to them in a powerful way the divine hand that is at work in the events Jesus will undergo. This is why Moses and Elijah have been speaking “about his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem.”

This is the the beam of shining glory that, after his birth and before his resurrection, serves as the second advent of the Person of Christ. It spotlights beautifully both the "redemptive suffering" nature of Christ's mission, as well His reality as "Glorified King." But somehow, in this moment, Our King chose our redemption-- and His own subsequent suffering and anguish-- to be the focus of his disciples eyes. 


[Reason No. 5 Coming Soon.

Apologies for taking so long.]

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