Gospel for August 6, 2015, Thursday

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Posted at Aug 06 2015 06:07 AM | Updated as of Aug 06 2015 02:08 PM

Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Psalter: Proper / (White)

1st Reading: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14
I looked and saw the following: Some thrones were set in place and One of Great Age took his seat. His robe was white as snow, his hair white as washed wool. His throne was flames of fire with wheels of blazing fire. A river of fire sprang forth and flowed before him. Thousands upon thousands served him and a countless multitude stood before him. Those in the tribunal took their seats and opened the book.
I continued watching the nocturnal vision: One like a son of man came on the clouds of heaven. He faced the One of Great Age and was brought into his presence.
Dominion, honor and kingship were given him, and all the peoples and nations of every language served him. His dominion is eternal and shall never pass away; his kingdom will never be destroyed.

2nd Reading: 2 P 1:16-19
Indeed, what we taught you about the power and the return of Christ Jesus our Lord was not drawn from myths or formulated theories. We ourselves were eyewitnesses of his majesty, when he received glory and honor from God the Father, when from the magnificent glory this most extraordinary word came upon him: “This is my beloved Son, this is my Chosen One.” We ourselves heard this voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
Therefore, we believe most firmly in the message of the prophets which you should consider rightly as a lamp shining in a dark place, until the break of day, when the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

Gospel: Mk 9:2-10
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make them. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking with Jesus.
Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.“ For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came this word, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him.“ And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.
As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what ‘to rise from the dead‘ could mean.

“This is my Son, the beloved.” That voice of God speaks also to each one of us since we are the Body of Christ, his brothers and sisters. And so, that voice whispers softly in our hearts: “You are my beloved.”
But the world around us, especially the mass media, are always telling us that we are worthless and unlovable—unless we drive a Mercedes, use this deodorant, wear that brand of jeans, eat that sort of food, and so on. Those voices coming from the world around us are directly contradicting God’s voice telling us “You are my beloved,” because God’s love for us is unconditional. It is freely given. Why? Because it is God’s nature to love (1 Jn 4:8,16), and so he loves even the demons in Hell.
In conclusion, each one of us is faced with a crucial choice: shall we trust God’s gentle voice or the world’s lying voice shouting the opposite?
Let us ignore our perpetual feeling of inadequacy. Let us make the leap of faith and believe with all our hearts the gentle voice of God in the depth of our hearts.
“You are my son, my beloved. You are my daughter, my beloved.”

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