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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Transfiguration - God's Dreams are Bigger than our own

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A beautiful novel called Strangers and Sojourners, following a young British lady who chases a romantic dream to the middle of nowhere Canada and eventually makes a family with an Irish man who sort of ran away from his past to the same place.  “WHAT IS A MAN?” her husband once asked an imposing visitor to their home, and that question is a mystery that Stephen’s wife Anne is still haunted by even after twenty some years of marriage.
Gaudium et Spes  paragraph 22 (VATICAN II’s document on the Church and the world)
The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For Adam, the first man, was a figure of Him Who was to come,(20) namely Christ the Lord. Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. It is not surprising, then, that in Him all the aforementioned truths find their root and attain their crown.
            This is not too different from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans.  (I know, you’re thinking: “No break from Romans even on this feast day?”)  Jesus transforms everything.
            ASK OURSELVES: Who / What do I let teach me about life?  How has my vision for happiness been shaped by things other than God’s vision?
            But the most important point of today’s feast is that God’s dreams for us are bigger than our own.
Most of you have probably seen the ocean, or if not that, hopefully Lake Michigan.  It is hard to describe to someone how amazing it is, until they see it.  As a kid, I never went to either.  My first trip to the ocean was probably in high school or just before, when my friend brought me with his family on Spring Break.  I couldn’t believe it.  It’s just so vast.
That is like what God wants to do with us humans.
He’s got bigger dreams than our own.  (Theosis – Deification) BECOME LIKE GOD!

Don’t sell yourselves short.    Let this Eucharist draw you into His eternal love, His bigger dreams for your happiness.

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