August 6, 2020

My reflection today comes from Give Us This Day:

“ The story of the Transfiguration is a fantastic Gospel. It always cheered me up in my poverty, in my loneliness. It is my companion. Without it I don’t think I would have survived.  In this scene of the transfiguration, one line stands out for me: ‘Jesus then came up to them, touched them and said, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.’
That, to me, is the only thing that matters. In the terrible, horrendous, awful, lonely days of my life, it seemed as if he touched me and I opened my eyes filled with tears and despair. Suddenly, I saw Jesus, and I got up and washed my face and went on about the duty of the moment. It gives me courage. It gives me food, nourishment, strength, and the ability to keep plugging along against every opposition.”  – Catherine de Hueck Doherty

 I thought that this particular passage would be helpful for those who are struggling today.
In the gospel, I was struck by the phrase, “But Jesus came and touched them, saying,’Rise, and do not be afraid.’ And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.”
Whether we are doing well or we are going through difficult times we need to keep our eyes on Jesus.