This morning, Saturday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time, we stumble suddenly across the startling story of Jesus' transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13), which we with greater solemnity on the Second Sunday of Lent and on the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6). The story is startling not only for its own inner drama but also for what it tells us about ourselves. On the high mountain of the gospel, Jesus makes manifest the fire that burns always within him. In the Scriptures, that fire signifies the burning presence of God, the Mystery that illuminates all creation with inner light. With the resurrection, Jesus in his personal human individuality was transformed into the Christ whose glorified humanity opened to receive all humanity. Incorporated into Christ, we must now recognize that the Fire that burned within him on the mountain now burns within all of us.
Think of our own earth as tangible macrocosm: its core is fire. We who are born of the earth and reborn of the Spirit can say the same of ourselves: our core is Fire. What radiance could shine upon the path before us and the world around is if we only allowed our deepest truth to break out!
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