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Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (18th February, 2017) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem.)

 
Heb 11:1-7;
Ps 144:2-5.10-11 (R. cf. v.1);
Mk 9:2-13.
Topic: What is imminent.
Six days after Jesus foretold His death, He took Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart. He was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white and He also discussed with Elijah and Moses. Peter in his confusion said to Him, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. A cloud covered them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
We remember that Peter rebuked Jesus when He foretold what was waiting for Him, cf. Mk 8:32. That same Peter in today’s gospel said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here....”
Certainly, it is good to be there. Hence, Saint Paul wrote, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” 1Cor 2:9; cf. Is 64:3-4. However, let no one forget the fact that for one to reign with Christ, he/she must first endure with Him. And He will deny whoever denies Him and His cross, cf. 2Tim 2:12; Mk 8:38. Whoever does not work will not eat, cf. 2Thess 3:10.
Let us therefore imitate Christ who, although was in the form of God, emptied Himself and took the form of a slave. He became obedient to the Father to the point of accepting the most ignoble death. All these first came before His exaltation, cf. Phil 2:5-11. The choice is ours either to follow the path that leads to true exaltation or the path that leads to what looks like exaltation but in fact perdition, cf. Prov 19:23; Matt 7:13-14.
Bible Reading: Phil 2:1-11.
Thought for today: Whoever does not work will not eat, cf. 2Thess 3:10.
Let us pray: God, help us to follow the path that leads to true glory – Amen.

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