Weekend Reflections by Fr. Jim Burshek, S.J. - 3/14/14
Weekend Reflections by Fr. Jim Burskek, S.J.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. (Matthew 17:1ff)
How are we transfigured? How do we become a new creation?
Recently, when talking with a White House retreatant, the retreatant said to me: "I do not fear death; I know who loves me; I know who has the power to sustain me; I know Jesus and I know I will always be with him."
I was moved by the deep faith of this retreatant. And then I realized that it was precisely this faith that made him so much more than he would ordinarily have been. His faith really made him a new and different person.
Looking at Scripture we see Abraham, the disciples, so many transfigured by this faith, this faith which is simply trust in the one who loves me. All of them became new people because of their faith; all of them had a new and deeper life because of this faith.
Married people, too, are transfigured by the faith they have in one another and in God, a faith in the one with whom they wish to "travel" on the path of their lives.
What transfigures us? Faith. Our faith makes us more human, more alive, more loving. It is this faith in God which transfigures even Jesus!
It is this faith which leads God to say of Jesus and of us: "This is my beloved child, my own dear one, in whom I am very well pleased."
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
UPCOMING MEN'S RETREATS WITH SPACE:
UPCOMING WOMEN'S RETREATS WITH SPACE:
4/7, 5/5, 5/22
CALL US TO REGISTER:
IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY LECTURE SERIES:
Featuring Fr. Chris Collins, S.J.
"Living from the Heart of Christ:
The Morning Offering, Examen & the Mass"
Wednesday April 23rd. 7:30pm @ SLUH's "Si Commons" Building
4970 Oakland Avenue
To register for this FREE event, CLICK HERE.