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"Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.'...And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone."​

Matthew 17: 4, 8
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Do you sometimes feel like a tiny speck in the universe?
The largeness of the planetary system, the earth and even our own towns sometimes leave us feeling quite small, and even, I dare say, insignificant.

Imagine how those three disciples felt when they beheld Jesus in all His glory at the Transfiguration! They became part of a wider whole, a world beyond imagination.

But building earthly tents was not in the plan. It was a time for worship, a time for reverence of who Christ was and is and is to come. Peter, James and John were given the opportunity to experience God in the supernatural in the midst of the everyday. Out of the ordinary came a most extraordinary experience.

When I was on the formation team at Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Seminary, there was one seminarian who always seemed to get into difficulties. He had problems with his classmates and with his professors. He had problems, it seemed, with just about everyone. I began to see him as the problem, and after a time I couldn't see beyond this character defect. A new professor arrived and was getting along great with the "problem" seminarian. I spoke with the professor to ask him his secret, and while he admitted that the seminarian had difficulties, he also recognized his possibilities, his positive qualities.

Feast of the Transfiguration​

The Law and the Prophets bear witness, O Lord,
that the Christ must suffer and so enter into His glory.
And now we see Your radiant splendor
shining through Your humanity.

Three tents, one for you
one for Moses and one for Elijah
will help us preserve eternity in time
as we seek to stay forever on
Tabor's hallowed height.

Yet we cannot remain here
but must go back to our daily life
of work, sorrows and uncertainty.

Lord, help us recognize You
in valleys no less than mountaintops.
Fulfill Your promise to be with us always
that wherever we go we may exclaim,
"Lord, it is good for us to be here!"

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, can you step out of yourself to grasp a foretaste of heaven? That seminarian taught me the importance of seeing beyond my small world view to see the person he was becoming. I think that is how God sees us, as transfigured through our potential. Let us not be too busy making our tents to miss our moment.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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