Lent Day 17 – Mass and the Mountain

by Bishop Robert Barron


Yesterday we talked about the divine light as it appears through holy men and women. But is it possible for us ordinary people to see this light? I suggest that we do so every time we enter into the drama and beauty of the liturgy.

As Jesus appears in full glory, Peter, James, and John fall down in holy fear. This suggests an attitude of worship, the stance that all of us assume every time we approach the altar of God.

See also how the story paints an icon of the liturgy, both earthly and heavenly. At the center of it stands Jesus, the light of the world, the source of life. On either side of him stand Moses (the Law) and Elijah (the prophet). In the course of the liturgy, we read from the Old Testament, described in Jesus’ time in the shorthand of “the Law and the Prophets.”

Moses and Elijah also stand for the communion of saints, those who have been drawn into the heavenly life and who commune with Jesus. They are present at the liturgy, too, as we invoke them just before the Eucharistic prayer: “with the angels and the saints.”

There is also a “bright cloud” and from the cloud a voice declaring, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” The bright cloud signifies the Holy Spirit, and the voice is that of God the Father. This is a Trinitarian theophany—as at the Baptism of Jesus—and this theophany runs right through the liturgy from beginning to end.

After the vision, Peter, James, and John return to their day-to-day lives, coming back down the mountain. So, after we have glimpsed the light, we are told, “Go, the Mass is ended.”

   

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  • Anton D

    ‘. . . return to their day-to-day lives, coming back down the mountain. So, after we have glimpsed the light, we are told, “Go, the Mass is ended.”’

  • ber

    Good morning to see Moses and eligha at mass would be a stretch of the imagination bishop Barron was it not John that appeared in knock visio of the mass I believe every time we enter where the blessed sacrament reposes the heave ly father is also there saying this is my beloved son listen to him the light of the mass inlummenes our minds to peretisipate in a heavenly manner although we can be unaware of it do we not receive that light in receiving the Eucharist lord for those moments however long we are undated with light this allows us to participate in the heavenly truths for which otherwise we would be ignorant the mass can also be for us the transfigurement of Christ that moment when Jesus is offerded to the father thought the holy spirit I always find St fustina prayer eternal father I offer you ect helps me accend in spirit to the pinicale of this mystery to see this mystery there must be light ?? I’m reminded of the vision was SR Lucy had of Jesus on the cross above is the father and beside him stands our lady with rays coming from the hands of Jesus on the cross I pray lord give me the light to understand the gift of yourself that you pored out for us
    Blessings friends for your day

    • Bonnie Willett-Goad

      Look for the LIGHT

  • Isabel Guadiz Tobey

    Transfiguration for me happens at every celebration of the Eucharist right there at the Altar of Sacrifice! Blessed are those simple hearted for they shall see the glory of God! Blessed are we who believe with all our heart!

  • Vilma

    Wow! What else can I say! http://www.shepherdoffaith.com

    • ber

      I looked up the website its very good thanks for sharing Vilma blessings for your day bernie

      • Vilma

        Glad you enjoyed it Bernie. Thanks for the positive feedback. Blessings to you!

  • Elizabeth

    I receive the full blessing of the Eucharistic service – the Mass, more during the daily Mass then on Sunday. On Sunday it is time to commune with others after the Mass.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    One of the issues that I have is that some of the kids, and even adults, don’t realize that the Eucharist is the real Prescence of our Lord. I remember my niece’s cousin said she preferred candy to the Eucharist. Do we not correct them for their naivete? Personally, I think we should participate in the Eucharist once we are older and understand that the Mass is a real encounter with Christ.

    But, even I was in the same situation where I was more ignorant. I have to come to know our Lord so much more over the past few years.

    I never realized about the “Go, the Mass is ended” before in regards to the encounter being over. Interesting!

  • Rosemaid

    During the Holy, holy, holy prayer I generally crack a big smile as I think that all the Church, triumphant, suffering and militant, are joined in praise of our triune God. This, the Mass, is where we become one with those past, present and I daresay those in the future. “Who is like our God?” Blessings <

  • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

    When I was eoght years old, I was in a Catholic school and was prereparing to make my First Holy Communion along with about 40 or so other kids.

    Many may not remember that day or much about it but I do. Anticipating what was about to happen, I had second thoughts not because I did not believe BUT because I did! Thinking about Who I was about to receive into my body, I told my mother, “I was not ready” ! It puzzled my mother as to what I meant by that. Well what I was “feeling” was unworthiness and needed to wait until I was better prepared. How and when, I didn’t know! Reception went on as planned.

    Now I ponder those moment and wonder why would an eight year old kid be thinking like that anyway. I guess you could say I had a level of faith I didn’t understand I had.
    One could say an “illumination of sorts” to a Truth I would come to understand years later!

    Since that day daily Mass at school took on a deeper meaning, not something to run from, but run to!

    Peace,

    Michael
    The Prayer Warrior

    • concerned citizen

      God bless you Michael for having such a mature faith at that age. I only came to realize many months ago, that the Sacred Host stays inside our system for about 15 minutes before it gets fully dissolved. So for about 15 minutes, Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity is present inside us. We become a living Tabernacle of the King of Kings, Creator of the Universe for that long. Isn’t that awesome! So we should if possible pray and talk to Christ who is in us for at least 15 minutes before leaving the Church.

      Having learned that, when I give Holy Communion to the sick. I ask them to pray immediately after receiving Holy Communion and I join them in their prayers. Only after they finished praying, do I finish the rites.

      • Màire Ní Bhroin

        That is indeed a beautiful truth that Jesus is really with us upon partaking of the Holy Sacrament of Communion. But, I would go further than the mere 15 minutes of physical presence of the Host before dissolving. Does not our Lord enter into our very heart & soul and spend the day or week with us in our hearts until we recieve Him again, unless we disconnect ourselves in error?

        • concerned citizen

          That’s very true, Maire. But it is like also the argument, God is everywhere, so why do I still need to go to Mass or to the Adoration Chapel and pray before Him. Don’t get me wrong. I know what you mean, and I definitely value the significance of what you said, but for me, there is still this difference between having His Real Presence in us for that 15 minutes and not just His Spiritual Presence. And if people realize this, they may give Him more reverence and make sure they are receiving His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity worthily.

          • Màire Ní Bhroin

            I agree with your point in wanting people to partake in blessed Communion. Yet, with all due respect, I was taught by the nuns in Catechism that Jesus was now indwelling with us as a spiritual presence in we participants, as well. I think that the idea that His Holy presence is not only a 15 minute experience of His physical presence, might even increase people’s desire to receive His body and blood in the bread and wine to nurture them spiritually until their next weekly mass.:)

        • kayeloney@cox.net

          Maire, a true connection to Jesus is obtained through giving your Human Will back to Him, and asking Mother Mary to give you Jesus Divine Will to pray in unity with Jesus. You can remain in unity with Jesus in this manner day and night. Read the writing of Luisa Piccerrata (Mystic, prophet, victim soul) learn how to Pray the way Jesus wants you to Pray.

          • Màire Ní Bhroin

            Thx Kaye. I agree that the way to Jesus is in surrendering to His Father’s will, just as He did, then the Holy Spirit will be our guide. I read that it is hard to find Luisa Piccerrata’s writings because they were condemned by the Vatican. I think a good rule if thumb to pray the way Jesus wants us to pray is by following His own suggested prayer, The Our Father as He instructed and by asking for what we want or need directly. Peace!:)

          • kayeloney@cox.net

            Luisa writing right now, can not be reprinted except for the Hours of the Passion and The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Luisa writing was released from the Vatican. Father Joseph Innazzi 2013 reviewed all the books and found nothing wrong in the faith. The Vatican press release a Biography on Luisa in January of this year only the Divine Will Center’s obtain copies of the books in English (It is a very good book). The reason no printing on the 36 volumes can be release right now is because of the canonization process. After that I was told that the Vatican will handle the printing of her Volumes. So I believe we are looking at 2-4 years maybe longer. The books however can be read and studied.

          • Màire Ní Bhroin

            Thx for sharing the new info Kaye. Peace!

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        CC,

        Your absolutely correct.
        Thanksgiving is a precious moment. How precious is represented in your comment.

        It was during this time during one thanksgiving around 1997, I seen the Holy angels around me. They were guarding me during Jesus ” physical visit. That only happened once, seeing the Holy angels not in a dream like way but just as if you were standing there!
        I was beside myself, to say the least. This is what I feel happens to each person receiving the Eucharist in the state of grace!

        Peace,

        Michael

    • Elizabeth

      Not as much as making my first confession. I didn’t really understand “Sin.” In retrospect, I was walking the straight and narrow for fear of God, coming from an authoritarian family. Thank God for our Catholic Church emphasizing God’s mercy and love.

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Elizabeth,

        I’m sure we have all had that fear.
        I use to, on occasions until I was in high school and after absolution the pastor said, “Michael, I need you to go do this particular task because I cannot since I am hearing confessions”

        After that I didn’t need the screen in the confessional.

        Peace,

        Michael

        • Elizabeth

          Michael, I thank God I evolved in my faith. I, have been facing the priest now for years in confession. I appreciate our Catholic Church emphasizing the Mercy of God. Having this emphasis in confession, I end my confession with joy in my heart.

          • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

            Elizabeth,

            Amen to that!

            Michael

    • Janet Almen

      I had the same feeling and told my Mom. She said I could wait til the next year, but I couldn’t bear the thought of waiting a whole year to receive Jesus in my heart. I learned on my journey of faith, in the “school of love” that none of us are worthy to receive God in our hearts but He loves us so much and we need to trust in His great love and mercy!

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Janet,

        Tears…….. which means I understand exactly what you mean!

        Blessed be the Holy Name of Jesus!!!

        Peace,

        Michael

    • ber

      A beautfull memory Michael you must have being a sentive child to gods grace sadly people are not awear and fail to develop these things in a child but Jesus said you must become like these little ones but you must see now looking back that God was with you praise God thank you for your lovely thoughts bernie

  • concerned citizen

    Pope St. John Paul II describes the Mass as heaven on earth explaining that what we celebrate on earth, is a participation of the heavenly liturgy. And if you read the book, the Lamb’s Supper by Dr. Scott Hahn, you will indeed realize the Mass is a heavenly banquet of the Supper of the Lamb.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      CC,

      To those who don’t know Scott Hahn, he is a convert to Catholicism. He was once like St. Paul condemning Catholics and like the light that blinded (Saul) Paul, awakened Scott to the Truth. His wife also is a convert and has a ministry to women, if memory serves!

      Thanks CC !

      Peace,

      Michael

  • Nancy Janzen

    I am blessed with being on the verge of tears at the consecration. And every time Father calls me up to help him distribute Communion because he can barely stand I keep thinking Lord what a great gift you have given me of the faith to know You are here.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Nancy,

      Tears are a Gift of the Holy Spirit. It happens to me allot in recent years. Sometimes it can be a bit embarrassing when another sees you and ask what is wromng. I tell them nothing is wrong when joy in your soul brimngs tears!

      I call it “the Jesus Hug”!

      Peace,

      Michael

      TPW

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    The Mass is the Highest form of prayer (where think about this you receive the Holy Trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Eucharist) The Trinity is ever separated always one in agreement always one in Love complete unity. The Father Loved us so much that he send his only beloved Son to Redeem us bye washing us in his blood, to make the Father known in and through the Catholic Church. At Mass all of Heaven is on the Altar the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Mother Mary, all the Angels and Saints. The Mass is a complete Miracle every time it is celebrated. Think about this Love of the Trinity we are not worthy, it is a Gift. The Holy Trinity Love’s each Soul, that is why there is confession if you fall, run to confession so you can reconnected to God and the Church, receive the Eucharist that complete’s us. Do not receive in Sin, it will cause a even bigger sin, that you will have to confess.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Kaye,

      Beautifully said! Amen.

      Michael

  • concerned citizen

    I don’t know how many of you have read the explanation of the Mass by Catalina as told to her by Jesus and Mary. Here is an excerpt.

    “The celebrant said the words of the Consecration. He was a person of normal height, but suddenly, he began to grow, becoming filled with light, a supernatural light between white and gold that enveloped him and grew very strong around the face. And because of it, I could not see his features. When he raised the Host, I saw his hands, and on the back of his hands, he had some marks from which emanated a great deal of light. It was Jesus! It was Him Who was wrapping His Body around the celebrant, as if He were lovingly surrounding the hands of the Archbishop. At that moment, the Host began to grow and became enormous, and upon it the marvelous face of Jesus appeared looking at His people.”

    “By instinct, I wanted to bow my head, and Our Lady said: “Do not look down. Look up to view and contemplate Him. Exchange your gaze with His, and repeat the prayer of Fatima: Lord, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love You. Forgiveness and Mercy… Now tell Him how much you love Him, and pay your homage to the King of Kings.”

    And if you want to read the whole article, here is the link.

    http://www.michaeljournal.org/holymass.htm

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      CC,

      So beautiful!!!
      Thank you for the link. I have been wanting to look into her life.

      Peace,

      Michael
      TPW

    • ber

      Thanks concerned I looked up the link very interesting havnt heard this before hope to look again tomorrow fresh eyes God bless you and thanks for shearing bernie

  • appalachian

    Just beautiful! I usually take away a feeling of joy from the Mass, but I couldn’t put it into words.

    Thank you for doing it for me!

    Pax,

    Randy

  • that florida lady

    Bringing whatever light God specifically gifts you personally with at Mass is all about surrender there and surrender elsewhere, especially in the parking lot. Here in Florida during snowbird season getting out of the parking lot after Mass with the tourists — that can be a miracle and a surrender and a choice to what happened in church. Bringing it to others is a decision to love with the surrender. :) But isn’t surrender a choice to be aware of God’s total presence and to give into it? Result? We decide.

  • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

    Hello brothers and sisters,

    Do any of you like brian teasers, puzzles, etc, ?
    Here is one for you.
    There is a law in physics that says, “when you interact with something or someone, you change things”!

    Bishop Baron tells us we all have a mission. How many people sit aarond saying, “I don’t have experience or a degree, and I am not good interacting with others”
    so what can I do?
    You never know when an act of kindness can turn into a mission.
    The Holy Spirit will guide you through your heart. We don’t travel this road alone. God is entreating with you and what does that do….. it changes things!

    Peace,

    The Prayer Warrior

    • Elizabeth

      I don’t remember the story but the impact of the lesson. A man, sitting on a park bench, looked down in the dumps and a passerby stopped to speak with the man. Afterwards the man left. Some years later the man met the person who stopped by in a store. The man asked if the person remembered him and the answer was no. The man recounted the encounter to the person and told the person he had been planning to commit suicide. Because of the interaction, he changed his mind and turned his life around. You are correct Michael, we just never know how our act of kindness is part of God’s plan.

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Elizabeth,

        How beautiful is the actions of the Lord when we share a moment with another.

        Thank you, Elizabeth!

        Peace,

        Michael

  • Barbara Ann Baugh

    On Feb 17th I had pretty serious surgery (That’s how my Dr. put it, I think he is bragging a little) I have just this afternoon felt strong enough to sit at the computer and read the reflections.
    I thank all here who have prayed for me. I thank God that I was able to receive the sacrament of the sick. Although I didn’t have the reflections I did have many opportunities to pray the rosary.
    I have always found the Transfiguration a beautiful part of the Gospels to reflect on.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Barbara,

      Welcome back!

      Peace, and prayers of thanksgiving!

      Peace,

      Michael

  • rtclovesmac

    The Mass is is God’s gift to us to remind us who we are, from where we come, and where we can go in love with He who gave us life.

  • 2chainchristian

    I just love being catholuc. Thanks be to God.

  • Joe DeVet

    The same thought has occurred to me as applying to the US in our very day. Could it be God’s punishment for our Culture of Death etc. that we are slouching toward this horrible choice for president: an empty, bombastic egotist on the one hand, and a lying multi-felon with no particular accomplishments on the other? This, after enduring 8 years of a corrupt, mendacious tyrant with toxic public policies and a penchant for persecuting the Church.

    • rtclovesmac

      Those with no faith would call you crazy.

      Those with understanding would say spot on.

      Thank goodness for Christ’s mercy

      Like our Lady asked us to do for Russia I pray daily for the conversion of the US

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    It’s true that God allows different things to happen War’s, famine, illness, plagues, to punish’s Soul’s in the period of time for their many Sin’s against The Holy Trinity. Many of the Mystic’s suffer in our place for the whole World. Luisa Piccerrate (mystic, prophet, and victim soul) suffered to end Plagues, and War’s. You have to pray, pray, pray, for the Holy Trinity to hold back his hand from striking mankind you must be in a State of Grace when you pray. Jesus wants the Human Will to be given back to Him ask Mother Mary in give you Jesus Divine Will in which to pray in unity with Jesus for all Soul’s Past, Present, and Future. Love your neighbor pray for them for the light of Love to come into them. Pray for teenagers who are just finding their way to find their way in Jesus. Pray for your Family on Earth to be purified in the Blood Line asking Jesus to forgive the family’s past Sin’s, this can be done take it to Confession many times if necessary you really need a Confessor a Priest you can talk too who know’s you mean well and understand’s what to are trying to do. Some family’s suffer from the past Sin not forgiven illness that happen’s to their children. Heaven needs repentance from all, we are connected, so you have to pray and repent for other’s through interceding for the past, present and pray even for the future generations. Peace and Love in the Divine Will.

  • Holly

    Michael, this is a wonderful testimony. Thank you for sharing your faith with us!