October 5, 2022     1:25 pm
52. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Tuesday
          I shall behold Your face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness.   Psalms 17:15
          When the time of His suffering and death drew nearer and nearer, Jesus began to prepare the disciples for the shock which flesh and blood would experience. He told them of His impending suffering and death and of the consequent resurrection. And He did more. One day He took Peter and James and John up to a high mountain. There He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His clothing was white as the light. For a while He laid aside the lowliness of His human nature and caused it to glow in His heavenly, divine, glory. And, behold, there appeared Moses and Elijah talking with Him. Then Peter, as in a dream, said to Jesus: "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You will, let us make here three tabernacles; one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and a voice out of the cloud said: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." And when His disciples heard it, they fell upon their faces and were very frightened. And Jesus came and touched them, and said: "Arise, and do not be afraid." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus, in His old familiar form. (Matt.17:8.)
          What do we see here? We see that Jesus, the Son of Man, is the very God of Glory, our Saviour. We see that after this life there is in store for us another life, when our quickened body shall be like His glorious body. It is very good for us to be there. We shall be restored to one another, and recognise each other. We see that here on earth we must put all our hope in Jesus only and in His Word: this is the Father's pleasure. Let this be our song in the land of our pilgrimage: "I will behold Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness."
          PRAYER: - Almighty God, Heavenly Father, who glorified Your dear Son Jesus Christ before the face of all the world, glorify Him, I beseech You, also within my frightened heart by Your Holy Spirit, that I may cling to Him only and trust in His Word completely, until at last, quickened from death, I shall be glorified forever with all the elect and dwell with You in eternal joy and blessedness. Grant this, O God, to me, a poor sinner, for the sake of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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October 5, 2022     1:25 pm