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God doesn’t want shares of your life – He wants a controlling interest.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. (NAB Mk 9:35-36)
This verse is from when Moses and Elijah came in clouds, to Jesus; as witnessed by Jesus’ disciples. This is not the first time a voice came from a cloud. God not only talked to Moses via a cloud, but also led the Israelites on the exodus from Egypt by a cloud during the day, and fire at night. The clouds opened up and flooded the earth, starting over with Noah. And, smoke from sacramental fires created a type of cloud, to send prayers to God. And later in the scriptures, clouds overtook the scene of the crucifixion of Jesus, signifying His death for our sake.
This voice coming from the cloud in this verse that identified Jesus as the ‘chosen Son,’ also spoke at his baptism just prior to his undertaking His earthly ministry. The voice says, “listen to him” and Moses and Elijah leaves while Jesus remains. The Old Testament leaders give way to the leader of the new leader and teacher of God’s people: the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
My question is why did the witnesses to this event wait until after the resurrection of Jesus, before telling others of this magnificent scene? Were they sworn to secrecy? Did they doubt their own faith? Were they afraid of the temple authorities, if found out? There is a reason, but I would have hard-pressed to be silent!
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Angela of Foligno 1248-1309
Angela was born in 1248 of a prominent family in Foligno, three leagues from Assisi. As a young woman, and also as a wife and mother, she lived only for the world and its vain pleasures. A ray of the divine mercy touched her soul and so strongly affected her as to bring about a conversion.
“I gathered courage to confess all my sins to him, and I did this immediately after the sermon. With zeal and perseverance I performed the penance he imposed, but my heart continued to be full of bitterness and shame. I recognized that the divine mercy has saved me from hell, hence I resolved to do rigorous penance; nothing seemed too difficult for me, because I felt I belonged in hell. I called upon the saints, and especially upon the Blessed Virgin, to intercede with God for me.
About this time God harkened to the earnest desire of the penitent: her mother died, then her husband, and soon afterwards all her children. These tragic events were very painful to her; but she made the sacrifice with resignation to the will of God. Being freed from these ties, she dispossessed herself of all her temporal goods with the consent of her confessor, so that being poor herself, she might walk in the footsteps of her poor Savior. She also entered the Third Order of St. Francis, and presently found herself the superior and guide of others who followed in her path. Many women joined her, even to the point of taking the three vows. She encouraged them in works of charity, in nursing the sick, and in going personally from door to door to beg for the needs of the poor.
Meanwhile, Angela became still more immersed in the contemplation of the Passion of Christ, and she chose the Sorrowful Mother and the faithful disciple John as her patrons. The sight of the wounds which her Lord suffered for her sins urged her to the practice of still greater austerities. Once our Lord showed her that His Heart is a safe refuge in all the storms of life. She was soon to be in need of such a refuge.
God permitted her to be afflicted with severe temptations. The most horrible and loathsome representations distressed her soul. The fire of concupiscence raged so furiously that she said: “I would rather have beheld myself surrounded with flames and permitted myself to be continually roasted that to endure such things.” Still, she called out to God, “Glory be to Thee, O Lord! Thy cross is my resting place.” These painful trials lasted over two years; but then the purified and tried servant of the Lord was filled with great consolation. She obtained a marvelous insight into divine things and was very frequently found in ecstasy. For many years Holy Communion was her only food, until at last, completely purified, she entered into the eternal joy of the Supreme Good on January 4, 1309.
Pope Innocent XII approved the continual devotion paid to her at her tomb in Foligno. He beatified her in 1693.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm.,
© 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #7:
United by their vocation as “brothers and sisters of penance” and motivated by the dynamic power of the gospel, let them conform their thoughts and deeds to those of Christ by means of that radical interior change which the gospel calls “conversion.” Human frailty makes it necessary that this conversion be carried out daily. On this road to renewal the sacrament of reconciliation is the privileged sign of the Father’s mercy and the source of grace.