DAILY MEDITATION (THURSDAY, AUGUST 6)
MEDITATION OF THE DAY
What the Transfiguration Makes Us Hope For
If in Galilee five thousand people could follow him into the desert forgetting time and hunger because they were so fascinated by his personality, what will be in store for us when we shall see him in his risen glory, the fairest of men, the best of friends, the most humble of all masters, he the changeless one!
We shall be united also with his mother and all his friends in a most intimate friendship. We shall be able to converse with Peter, John, Moses, and other greats of Christianity. We shall find those millions and millions of saints, each mirroring the eternal God in another way. Then there will be the myriad of angels, and our own guardian angel!
And all our friends and relatives, husbands, children, and wives will all be together—together in God! We shall remain the individuals we have been here on earth, but the possibilities which were created into us shall now find fulfillment. And nothing will any more disturb our complete oneness with God. In him we shall know all other things. In him we shall meet his other children. Nothing will ever draw our attention away from him. And all this, forever and ever. With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Pt 3:8). Yes, truly, as we read these Holy Scriptures we who know Jesus as our Savior should praise him and leap for joy at the thought of such a glorious forever.
Maria von Trapp
Maria von Trapp († 1987), with her children and stepchildren, the Trapp Family Singers, inspired the musical and film The Sound of Music. [From Let Me Tell You About My Savior: Yesterday, Today, and Forever, When the King was Carpenter. © 2000, New Leaf Press, Inc., Green Forest, AR. Used with permission.]