Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Transfiguration

As I was driving to Mass this morning, I quizzed my children (ages 10 and 12) on the mysteries of the Rosary. I am always a bit perplexed at some of the "mysteries" they come up with:
"The Washing of the Feet"
"The Nailing to the Cross"
"The Walking on Water"
Eventually, between the two of them and with a few hints from me, they were able to recall all 20 mysteries.

I recently began a weekly practice of reminding my children to listen carefully to the readings, Gospel and homily so that we can discuss them on the way home.

During the Gospel, my son leaned over and whispered, "It's the Transfiguration!" I was proud that he was not only paying attention but was actually able to come up with the title of the 4th Luminous Mystery.

As we drove home, I asked them to recall a few facts about the Transfiguration.
First of all, Jesus chooses just three Apostles for this journey: James, John and Peter. Why these three? Peter's inclusion is obvious given his pivotal role as our first pope. John will also play a big part as an evangelist and as Jesus' chosen caretaker of His belvoed mother. The presence of James is a bit of a puzzle. He was the brother of John and probably a relative of Jesus. Perhaps you can ask St. James for insight the next time you pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

More on the Transfiguration tomorrow...


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to leave you a comment to tell you I just found your blog and am so excited to. I'm a fallen away Catholic trying to find my way home and I've started with the Rosary as my guide. I look forward to reading your previous post. Thank you for being there. I found you through the Anchoress and her link to your article about pocketbooks!

Peggy Bowes said...

LOVE The Anchoress! Thank you for your nice comments. Welcome back to the sheepfold! I will pray for you.