Transfiguration in Christ means a dying and rising with Christ and as such it implies suffering Man's rebellion against God and our personal sins have brought suffering into the world.

"In bringing about the Redemption through suffering,
Christ has also raised human suffering
to the level of the Redemption.
Thus each man, in his suffering,
can also become a sharer
in the redemptive suffering of Christ."
(Pope John Paul II, Salvici Doloris)

Suffering is a daily occurrence for many people. We suffer in body from hard work, sickness, accidents and old age. Our minds and spirits suffer in many ways -- boredom, loneliness, anxiety, feeling unloved, uselessness, obsessive thoughts, unreasonable fears, moral weakness, which does not leave us, and finally fear of death.

Suffering in itself is an evil but suffering in union with Christ brings hope. Accept your suffering in union with Christ for the salvation of the world. Accept your suffering like the good thief on the cross who knew he deserved to suffer because of his wrongdoing. Who can deny we deserve to suffer because of our sins? Let us join Mary in her suffering at the foot of the Cross.

At the Cross...

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass'd.

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew,
Of my Savior crucified.

 

St. Paul wrote: "I consider that the suffering of this present time are as nothing compared to the glory to be revealed in us. ...For in hope we were saved." (Rm 8:18, 24) In suffering with Christ and Mary we reveal our hope in the life to come--eternal life with God.

Suffering Transfigures Love