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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

“Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish,....” (Mt 17:4)

“Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mt 17:4)

Meditation:      Jesus is today on a short trip to mount Tabor with three of his disciples. All the synoptic gospels and 2nd letter of Peter gives us accounts of this transfiguration, but none of them specify the name of the mountain. Yet, traditionally it is attributed to mount Tabor, an isolated hill or small mountain rising abruptly from gently sloping near to the Nazareth Mountains. It is located in Lower Galilee, Israel, at the eastern end of the Jezrel valley, 11 miles west of the Galilee Sea, may be below 600 meter height. Usually, Jesus goes to the top of the mountains after his day’s work for prayer. Today Jesus took three of his disciples with him to the mountain of Tabor. While they were on the mountain, Jesus was in prayer. As they looked on, a change came over Jesus, Moses and Elijah were talking with Jesus and they heard a voice telling them, “listen to him.” That may be something new we should learn today. Because, for most of us, prayer is something like what Peter and his companions did today, speaking to him, revealing our ideas, or expressing our dreams and projects. And we are very happy with that. But, today God wants us to learn another lesson of prayer too. This is listening to him, and to his will. This is just like the prayer of the farmer of Ars in France. St. John Maria Vianney says that his prayer was just looking at Jesus and listening to him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for the model of prayer you have given us today. Many a time in our life too, prayer was just pouring out petitions and requests, revealing our dreams and projects. We almost forgot of waiting for you or listening to you. Lord, let me unlearn whatever I have on prayer and teach me anew how to pray. Amen!  

Greetings:        Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….  

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