by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The 19th Sunday in ordinary time falls between two powerful feasts -- the Transfiguration on Saturday and the feast of St. Dominic on Monday. What wonderful “bookends” to surround a Sunday in ordinary time.
The account of Jesus’ transfiguration takes place on Mount Tabor. God proclaims Jesus as “my Son” and encourages the disciples to “listen to him”. The Transfiguration Gospel ends with: “They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.” The directive was to listen deeply and, when the time was right, to tell.
For St. Dominic, the 12th century was God’s appointed time for this saint to walk from city to city preaching the Good News. People witnessed God’s message in Dominic’s words and actions. His journey laid the ground work for the birth of a new religious order in the church.
My religious community will gather this Sunday with our Associates, family and friends to celebrate four Sister Jubilarians who have given a collective 270 years of service to the Church. That fact makes Sunday not so “ordinary” at all! Congratulations to Sisters Jeanette, Urban, Francis and Clare!
Very beautiful reflection. Thanks.
Blessings on each of the jubilarians! Enjoy your celebration.
Super reflection, Carrie!