Praise God from whom all good things come, praise him all creatures here below,Give Glory to God
for all He has done for us, Let us Praise God now and always. The Infinite mercy and love of God is
for All His children here on Earth regardless of their race, social or political or sexual orientation.
This Week's Reflection
Listen To God’s Chosen One
A Reflection for the Feast of the Transfiguration 2017
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFM,
Mission Saints Sergius & Bacchus/Order Franciscans Divine Mercy

“And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his
presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his
servants. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed”.
These words from Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 the first reading for the feast of the transfiguration foretell the event that is the
In a time of dissension and discord in this world, where greed and lust seem to overcome charity and compassion toward the
poor, sick, homeless, aged and minorities, we need to be reminded that Christ was truly the chosen one of the prophets and he
was sent to teach us how to live.
Christ came to save us all from our sins and to light the way to everlasting salvation for us.  He came to heal the wounds and
give us the path to heaven.
The second reading for the feast of the Transfiguration is from 2 Peter 1:16-19 which states “He was honored and glorified by
God the Father, when the Sublime Glory itself spoke to him and said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favor.’ We
heard this ourselves, spoken from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain.  So we have confirmation of what was
said in prophecies; and you will be right to depend on prophecy and take it as a lamp for lighting a way through the dark until
the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds”.
Christ indeed is the Only Son of God.  He was on earth to show us the way to God.  He gave us the information we needed to
achieve our salvation.  He welcomed all that came to Him seeking the truth and rejected no one even sinners that according to
Jewish law should have been stoned to death.
Christ is the way to the Father and Christ is in and with the Father and the Holy spirit as one Triune God.
Jesus told us to be mindful of all God’s children and to care for them and to love them as the Father loves us.    
In loving as the Father loves we should avoid casting anyone away from worshiping God and partaking of the Sacramental gifts
that God has given us to bring us closer and in communion with Him.
To prevent anyone from offering praise and thanksgiving to God in the company of other believers is blasphemy and not the
way Christ would have acted.
On this feast of the Transfiguration I call upon all believers to set aside the differences that have torn the One Holy Catholic
Apostolic Church founded by the disciples of Christ, the Apostles,  with the blessing of Almighty God when He was heard to
say; “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.” (Luke 9:28 – 36)
As the Catholic Encyclopedia explains “There is no reason to put this story of Jesus life into the gospels – the evangelist makes
no capital out of it, it is simply there. And this is the strength of the Transfiguration as an historical incident. “There is no
reason for anyone to have invented it”. It is not central to the Christian case.
There is only one reason to put it into the Gospel, and that is because it happened. It is one of those cases of the evangelists
writing things down without knowing why they were important, and their very puzzlement is what makes the story so
Why, then, did it happen? Surely so that we could see and understand that Jesus is at once one of the prophets and the one that
was prophesied by them; and that he is God, and lives for all eternity in a blaze of dazzling and unapproachable light and force
that is God Almighty.
The true miracle of the Transfiguration is not the shining face or the white garments, but the fact that for the rest of the time
while he walked this planet in human form, Jesus hid his glory so well.
For those of us who believe, the story of the transfiguration is a source of comfort because it is a message that even in our
darkest hours, if we believe and accept Christ as the Messiah and our redeemer, we can be assured that He is with us and will
do what is best for us if we trust in Him allow Him to take us and lead us to where He desires.  
We also know He will not allow us to endure more than we can carry but just as He had to suffer we also may be called upon to
carry a cross with acceptance just as He did.
I have learned to place all my problems in God’s hands and trust he will direct me or send an answer to my problem in His time
in a way that is the best for our ministry and for my health and peace of mind.
On this feast day let us go forth and transform ourselves into a more Christ like individual.  
Let us stop rejecting people because they are different than we are and let us find the essence of God’s truth as Christ taught
Let us set aside the petty and man-made regulations that have divided the family of Christ into sometimes warring groups and
work together to bring about a reunification of all believers into the one Holy Mystical Body of Christ, The ONE Holy Catholic
(Universal) Apostolic (founded by the Apostles) Church.
I close with a prayer to the Holy Spirit to inspire us toward a time of unification of the entire Christian Community.

Holy Spirit Prayer for Christian Unity
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFM
Mission Saints Sergius & Bacchus

Almighty and merciful Father, send Your Holy Spirit down upon us and the leaders of all the Christian churches to open their
minds to the truths and teachings of Your Son, Jesus Christ, guiding them to renew and restore the One Holy Catholic and
Apostolic Church which He founded when the Holy Spirit descending on His Apostles that first Pentecost.
By the Holy Spirit gather all who believe Christ’s teachings together to proclaim the Truth of Jesus Teachings and bring about
respect and dignity for all God’s children throughout the entire world.
Inspire our world leaders to find a way to bring about an end to the horrors of war and the atrocities being committed in the
name of God.
Through the Holy Spirit inspire all people to be more mindful of the needs of others and become more generous toward the
poor, aged, and sick.  
Open the minds of all to become more tolerant of the differences and diversity created by Almighty God and to rejoice in His
creation.  Instill deep in our hearts your truth and through the Spirit guide us in our service to you. We ask this in the name of
your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our redeemer and savior.  AMEN