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Reflection Week of February 21

"Out of the cloud came a voice which said, "This is my beloved Son on whom my favor rests. Listen to him."     Matthew 17:1-9

The Transfiguration manifests the kind of consciousness that Jesus enjoyed, which is not bound by the three-dimensional world. The spacious world of unity which the Ultimate Reality enabled him to be in direct contact with all creation: past, present and future.

The Transfiguration also reveals the state of mind and dispositions of the apostles who are paradigms of the developing consciousness of those who are growing in faith. In this experience, they are given a significant glimpse of the world beyond the limitations of space and time. At first they are overjoyed by the sensible consolation that floods their bodies and minds in the presence of the vision of Christ's glory. Then the implications of this new world with its demands dawns upon them, and they are terrified. At the end of the vision, they experienced the reassurance of Jesus' presence and touch. This presence vastly surpassed the ephemeral sweetness of their initial taste of sensible consolation. Their exterior and interior senses were quieted by the awesomeness of the Mystery manifested by the voice out of the cloud. Once their senses had been calmed and integrated into the spiritual experience which their intuitive faculties had perceived, peace was established throughout their whole being, and they were prepared to respond to the guidance of the Spirit.

Excerpt from The Mystery of Christ, by Fr. Thomas Keating, pgs. 43-44

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