From Fr. Kitsmiller

Brothers and sisters in Christ, This Sunday, we celebrate a Feast of the Lord, Jesus’ Transfiguration. Since a Feast of the Lord is a higher rank in our liturgical hierarchy it replaces the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is not often that August 6th falls on a Sunday and so it is a rare liturgical treat to celebrate a certain event in our Lord’s earthly life. A week prior to this event, Simon Peter had proclaimed Jesus the Messiah and Jesus proclaimed Peter, His rock on which he would build His Church. We also recall that Jesus would predict that He would suffer and die on the cross and three days later rise from the dead. This shook the disciple’s faith, especially Peter, who tried to dissuade Jesus from His mission. We recall Jesus’ strong rebuke to Peter: “get behind me Satan, you are thinking as men and not as God.” But Jesus, in His great mercy, did not want to leave His disciples shaken by the prediction of His death and so he took Peter, James and John up a high mountain (traditionally, Mt. Tabor in Galilee has been thought to be the site) and was transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appeared along with them. In this event, Jesus showed His divine glory to the three Apostles, a foreshadowing of His appearance after His Resurrection. The Transfiguration is meant to comfort us amidst the sufferings and difficulties of our life. One day, we hope to be on the mountaintop with the Lord in eternity where we will not only be able to see our God, but also bask in our own resurrection. At the end of Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Gospel writers all attest that the disciples heard a voice from heaven (the Father’s voice) saying “this is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him.” Just like the Apostles, we have to go down to the valley after our mountaintop experiences in life. The words of Jesus will guide us through those valleys. We must, therefore, always listen to Him. 

Just a friendly reminder that in nine days, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary on August 15th, a holy day of obligation. Mass at Sacred Heart will be at 10:30 a.m., Mass at St. John the Baptist will be at 6:30 p.m. Both Masses are on August 15th. 

Fr. Kitsmiller
Associate Administrator
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist