Bible Passage Related to the Mystery: Luke 9:28-33
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He did not know what he was saying.
A few verses preceding the narration of the transfiguration Jesus talks about his rejection, suffering, death and resurrection. He goes on to say, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” A few days later Jesus takes with him Peter, James and John up the mountain to pray. And as he was praying his countenance was transfigured. The three disciples witnessed who Jesus truly was, the son of the living God. The transfiguration was to strengthen their faith. It reminds us of the outcome of the cross. It is a hope for the future we have with Christ in heaven, as we listen to him and obey his words to “deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” Following Jesus requires a denial of will. Denial of my own will leads to my transformation, a transformation into the image and likeness of Jesus.
When my children were in school, it was much easier waking up at 5:45 in the morning to get their breakfast and lunch packed and get them ready for school. But now with them being homeschooled one of our priorities had been to go for daily Mass in the morning. Waking up at 5:45 am to leave home by 6:15 am so we could be on time for mass, just wasn’t enough. I struggled for a very long time to wake up at 5 am. I would make excuses that I have to nurse our little one or I had to attend to one of the children who awoke at night and at times I was simply lazy. With no effort from my end, things got difficult in the mornings especially for my husband as he would struggle to wake the five of us. This cycle went on for a while and through the rushed mornings we somehow managed to be on time for mass. This was often a topic of discussion and a cause of friction between my husband and me. I was not humble to accept that I had to change and defended myself all the time. Last June I had begun the 33-day consecration to mother Mary, and as I came into Day 12, the script was all about God’s will and my will. St. Maximilian Kolbe, an apostle of Marian consecration, was speaking about how to become a saint. He started off by saying that sanctity isn’t so hard. It has a simple equation “W (God’s will) + w (our will) = S (Sanctity)”. And through Mama Mary when we unite our will with hers – the only human being who has never deviated by her choice from God’s will, is to be perfectly united to the will of God. And as I did the prayers for that day I asked our Blessed Mother for the grace to unite my will to hers and let go of my desires, my ways and my thoughts. I reflected to see areas in my life where I was determined that my will be done. I had to deny myself by giving up on my sleep and also letting go of my defensive attitude.
I was able to wake up by 5 am in a few days. And it’s been that way ever since. There are days I am able to get up earlier than 5 am so that I am able to visit the Blessed Sacrament. It was much easier for me to surrender my will through Mary and experience this beautiful transformation in my life.
Mama Mary you are the perfect example of doing God’s will at all times. Denying yourself completely and surrendering your entire being into the hands of God. Teach me daily to deny myself, carry my cross, and follow your son Jesus. Through this daily act may I be transformed and may I draw closer to the heart of our loving Father. Amen.
Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: Surrender