Acknowledging the perfect joy of suffering in Christ, but having a little fun along the way.
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Three Good Things Thursday
1. High school graduations. Oh, I know, The caps and gowns don't change, the speeches are pretty similar, and we always hear "Pomp and Circumstance". But high school graduations are a right of passage that the young people realize is an awesome part of their lives. It's fun and sad and weighty and traditional and emotional. It is a one of those clear thresholds in a person's life, where you step from one very safe and secure known into a vast unknown. Hurray for grads!
2. Thunderstorms. Ya either love 'em or hate 'em. I love 'em! Grandeur and rain, noise and lightening.
3. Fresh, homemade, yeast and powdered sugar cinnamon rolls. Yum. (Even better: I didn't have to make them. They were a gift!)
If you're a football fan, you know what an end run is. From Merriam-Webster: a football play in which the ballcarrier attempts to run wide around the end of the line
We try to "end run" God a lot. I do. I figure I know better. I've got this - no need to worry the Big Guy about such a trivial thing.
Of course, it never works.
Like the puppy above, when we try and evade the tough obstacle (even though we KNOW we will eventually have to do it), we end up - well, off in the bushes.
But oh! How I wished my way worked. I'd love to take a flying leap and land smoothly and gracefully. People would be in awe, as if watching Simone Biles nail a balance beam routine that no one else would even attempt. I would shyly look down and blush - just lightly - and acknowledge (But humbly! Oh so humbly!) my achievement.
But no: I am the one pulling myself out of the bushes, scratches all over my legs and twigs in my hair. I'd hear that gentle but loving voice of God saying, &quo…
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the and his clothes became white as light.
...we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Today we celebrate the Transfiguration. For whatever reason, Jesus brought three of His disciples to Mount Tabor to witness this miracle. They weren't sure what they were seeing, but they knew enough to throw themselves to the ground in the presence of Almighty God. St. Peter (who never did anything halfway) excitedly declares that he will erect tents on the mountain as a way of memorializing the event. But Jesus tells him and the others that they are not to tell people what they witnessed - at least not yet.
In the second reading, the requirement to be quiet has bee…