1st Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
2nd Reading: Philippians 3:17- 4:1
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

​In today's Gospel, Jesus brought His disciples Peter, James and John to a high mountain and let them experience His Transfiguration. The disciple we tired, and needed assurance from their Master. The religious experience at the mountaintop recharged them and made them more clear of and confident in their identity and mission.

We all need to leave our comfort zones and allow the Lord to lead us to a mountain where He will reveal Himself to us again. Trials, sicknesses, disappointments, humiliations, deprivations, and even persecutions, lead us closer to God's heart. Climbing a mountain is never easy, but it will lead to a clearer vision, closer devotion, and deeper commitment and mission.

For those going through a mountain climb of any sort, please remember that the climb is necessary. Please remember, too, that we climb mountains slowly and there is no hurry. Part of the climb is making stops to rest a while, and to enjoy the view. And be assured, we climb not alone, but with God on our side.

Prayer: Lord, be with us always in our journey through life, be it on mountains high or valleys deep. Amen.

Fr. Dante