“Lord, it is good for us to be here.” I once heard a homily by Cardinal Dolan in which he said that each morning he looks at his crucifix and prays, “Lord, it is good to be here.”
In reading a biography of Pope John XXIII, I learned that he asked for his crucifix to be placed on the wall facing his bed. He said that this way the crucifix would be the first thing he saw when he woke each morning and the last thing he saw before falling asleep each night.
I took, from these, a prayerful lesson and placed my own crucifix at the foot of my bed. When I wake, be it in the morning or during the night, the first thing I see is Jesus on the cross, and the promise of heaven his death offered us. I remember that, wherever I am, He is, and I pray, “Lord, it is good to be with you.” I fall asleep in the same prayer, trusting His presence through the night.
I love the Transfiguration for many reasons. His shining face and white glow, for me, is a promise of healing; spiritual or physical. The mountain is a symbol of our lives; the hills and valleys, the laughter and tears. “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” A message we all need to store within our hearts and souls.
For all these reasons and more, we have created this rosary for meditation on the Transfiguration.
For me, a rosary symbolic of the Transfiguration had to be white and it had to be grand. This rosary measures slightly over 26”. We symbolize His “dazzling white” with the 10 mm Aves and continued in white with the spacers. The symbolism in the lampwork Paters is three-fold. White above an earth-tone bottom represents heaven above earth. The wave separating the two colors forms a hill and represents the mountain. The design, in the glass, is cloudlike, repeating the message, “Listen to Him!”
In many ways, I also consider this to be a healing rosary. White representing the purity of health and the contrast in the Paters symbolic of the road from sickness to health.
Imported from Italy, a bronze Miraculous Medal center and large stylistic crucifix complete this powerful and substantial rosary which measures 26”.
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“Lord, it is good for us to be here”
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
Matthew 17: 1-8
Liturgy of the Hours
From a sermon on the transfiguration of the Lord by Anastasius of Sinai, bishop
It is good for us to be here
Upon Mount Tabor, Jesus revealed to his disciples a heavenly mystery. While living among them he had spoken of the kingdom and of his second coming in glory, but to banish from their hearts any possible doubt concerning the kingdom and to confirm their faith in what lay in the future by its prefiguration in the present, he gave them on Mount Tabor a wonderful vision of his glory, a foreshadowing of the kingdom of heaven. It was as if he said to them: “As time goes by you may be in danger of losing your faith. To save you from this I tell you now that some standing here listening to me will not taste death until they have seen the Son of Man coming in the glory of his Father. ” Moreover, in order to assure us that Christ could command such power when he wished, the evangelist continues: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. There, before their eyes, he was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Then the disciples saw Moses and Elijah appear, and they were talking to Jesus.
These are the divine wonders we celebrate today; this is the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; this is the festival of Christ that has drawn us here. Let us listen, then, to the sacred voice of God so compellingly calling us from on high, from the summit of the mountain, so that with the Lord’s chosen disciples we may penetrate the deep meaning of these holy mysteries, so far beyond our capacity to express. Jesus goes before us to show us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven, and–I speak boldly–it is for us now to follow him with all speed, yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in his radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into his own likeness, making us forever sharers in his Godhead and raising us to heights as yet undreamed of.
Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.
It is indeed good to be here, as you have said, Peter. It is good to be with Jesus and to remain here forever. What greater happiness or higher honor could we have than to be with God, to be made like him and to live in his light?
Therefore, since each of us possesses God in his heart and is being transformed into his divine image, we also should cry out with joy: It is good for us to be here — here where all things shine with divine radiance, where there is joy and gladness and exultation; where there is nothing in our hearts but peace, serenity and stillness; where God is seen. For here, in our hearts, Christ takes up his abode together with the Father, saying as he enters: Today salvation has come to this house. With Christ, our hearts receive all the wealth of his eternal blessings, and there where they are stored up for us in him, we see reflected as in a mirror both the first fruits and the whole of the world to come.
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