During our recent trip to the Holy Land, I had the privilege of going so many places I never even dreamed of going. Even though I read the itinerary ahead of time, every moment seemed to be a surprise from God!
|Below this icon is the Stone of the Transfiguration|
Each of the nuns was blessed to receive an icon of the Transfiguration to touch to the stone where Jesus was transfigured and as I touched my icon to the stone, I prayed, “I want to be transfigured, so my life will show the change you have worked in my heart.” And I heard immediately from the Father, “You are transfigured,” in a very knowing voice, so I trusted He would let me know what that meant.
|Praying at St. Veronica's Chapel in Jerusalem|
This scene moved me to also desire to comfort Him, but I had no cloth to wipe His face. I told Jesus this desire and He spoke to my heart that He had already given me something to use – my habit. I gave Him myself already and He gave me this cloth, which He invisibly imprints His face upon for all to see everywhere I go. In accepting my dependence and need, in laying down my life and receiving from Him, I had something to offer back to Him – the very clothes on my back, to comfort Him. In comforting and receiving that imprint, I became transfigured – I became the very image of Him in the world – an icon of His love. I became an image of heaven on earth – of what our life in heaven will look like, in union with Him forever. So I prayed that His image would become more present in me, on me, through me, making me a living transfiguration – which was exactly what He said had already happened that very morning!
So as we encounter the Transfiguration anew today, let us all ask Jesus how we can offer ourselves to Him, to be further transformed into the image of His love for the world to see.
|Happy Nun Pilgrims!|