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Rise, And Do Not be Afraid : Transfiguration of the Lord

Rise, And Do Not be Afraid: Transfiguration of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Transfiguration of the Lord is celebrated because it allows the Church, through the experiences of Peter, James, and John, to have a dazzling glimpse of the future as all is fulfilled in Christ. We can only begin to imagine how small and inadequate these apostles must have felt in this moment. Peter feels that he must do something, so he wants to set up “booths,” or altars, for Moses, Elijah, and Christ. But nothing is needed save for them to “listen to the voice” of God’s beloved Son. It is the Church’s work in our time to offer that same dazzling glimpse of all things transformed and transfigured in Christ. The work of transfiguration begins when we listen to the voice of Christ as He calls us. Our job is to make as many hear His voice as possible!

Call to action: Even the story of Christ’s Transfiguration contains a sense of the urgency of the mission! We can no longer think of our parishes as sedate and stable places, rather, we must re-envision them as mission stations set amid a hurting and unbelieving world. Pope Francis has asked the Church to conceive of itself as a “field hospital” where the hurting and injured may come for healing and succour. Ask yourself whether, as a sceptical visitor, you would feel welcome in your own parish? What needs to change? What needs to be added? Are you using your GC Smart Tools to reach out as effectively as possible? GiveCentral offers many webinars to help your parish reach out and grow. Look for our upcoming webinars here and sign up today!

Pastoral Action Points

  1. The school will reopen soon! Use your GC Smart Tools to welcome families back to school and back to parish life. Nearly 20% of Catholics active before Covid have not returned to regular attendance at mass or in volunteering for parish activities. This presents a great opportunity for reaching out!
  2. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated in 9 more days. GiveCentral has email templates you can adapt for use in your parish for free. You can find them under Global templates in the New Communications Portal.

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