Sunday, August 06, 2017

PM: Special Edition--Feast Of The Transfiguration

When I did my meditations on the Propers in 2016, I omitted some of the feast days as they did not fall on a Sunday. Since this one does this year, it would be a good time to "catch up" on the "neglected" ones.
Of you my heart has spoken:  Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.
V. The Lord is my light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear?
Ps. 26:8, 9; V. 1
One of the two Introits for the Second Sunday of Lent as well (as the Gospel Reading that day is the same). While it is our sins that cause us to hide our face, God still calls us from hiding.
Your beauty surpasses that of all the children of me; grace is poured out upon your lips.
V. My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my works to the King; my tongue is like the pen of an agile scribe.
Ps. 44:3; V. 2
Rarely heard, this Graduale is from the Second Sunday after Christmas (as the Solemnity of the Epiphany instead is celebrated in parts of the world). When we seek and find the face of the Lord, where truth, beauty, and goodness come together, our lips proclaim what our heart speaks.
He is the splendor of eternal light, an unspotted mirror and the image of His goodness.
Wisdom 7:26
This obviously speaks of the Son. And as Jesus said, He can only reflect what He sees the Father doing.
You have crowned him with glory and honor, and you have placed him over the work of your hands, O Lord.
Ps. 8:6,7
This originally refers to humanity. It finds its true fulfillment in Jesus after His Death and Resurrection, where His Divinity and Humanity are one.
As for the vision you have seen, tell no one until the Son of Man has risen form the dead.
Matt. 17:9
He is Risen indeed! And we should proclaim the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets in Him.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August 2017 Morning Offering Prayer Intention

Here is the intention for this month when reciting the Morning Offering:
Artists.  That artists of our times, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
A reflection for this intention is found here.