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Brethren: as you have received from us, how you ought to walk, and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication;
That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour: Not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God: And that no man overreach, nor circumvent his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification, in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 17, Verses 1-9.
At that time: Jesus taketh unto Him Peter and James, and John his Brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: And He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him.
And Peter said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them.
And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the Disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid.
And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
For example, Saint John writes in the Apocalypse how he was afraid when Christ appeared to him in the cave where he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, probably in about the year 95 A.D.
After first describing how Christ appeared to him in His Divine Glory, which he concludes with: “And from His mouth came out a sharp two edged sword: and His face was as the sun shineth in his power” (Apocalypse 1:16), in the Truth of Humility, Saint John tells us: “And when I had seen Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying: Fear not. I am the First and the Last.” (Apocalypse 1:17).
Let’s put this into some perspective.
Saint John is called “the beloved Apostle”, the one who loved our Lord so much that he was the only Apostle who, despite the very real danger that he would also be killed, nevertheless had the courage to stand at the foot of the cross of Christ with our Blessed Mother and her Sister, Mary, called “Mary of Cleophas”, and Saint Mary Magdalene. And yet, despite all of this, Saint John, who was not afraid of death at the hands of the Roman soldiers when he stood at the foot of the cross of Christ, is the same Saint John who, in seeing Christ once again in all of His Divine Glory, falls “at His feet as dead”!
Because the Glory of God is so intense that it totally overwhelms our human nature because when a person sees the Glory of God, a person also sees his own unworthiness to be in the presence of God, considering his own Spiritual state to be as nothing in comparison to God’s.
I personally know a Prelate of the Catholic Church, who by the Holy Will and Grace of God is still in this life, and who had this same exact experience!
Many years ago, I remember how D. G. told me how Bishop Robert Grant, O.P., D.D., died.
Bishop Robert Grant was a Dominican and always faithfully wore his Dominican habit. He was also very faithful in saying the Rosary every day. This elderly, retired Bishop had been the Pastor of a Catholic Traditional Chapel in the South for some time at the time of his death. D.G. told me that he was sitting next to Bishop Grant’s bed. Just before he died, D. G. heard Bishop Grant talking with someone at the foot of his bed. D.G. asked him, since only the Bishop and D.G. were in this room, to whom he was talking?
Bishop Grant told him it was our Blessed Mother. Then D.G. heard the Bishop tell Our Lady to shove “it” out of the way. D.G. asked him to explain what he meant by shove “it” out of the way. Bishop Grant told D.G. that he told Our Blessed Mother to shove his body out of the way because she had come to take him home to Heaven! And then he died.
We were but one of the many Catholic Clergy at his funeral Mass which was offered by Bishop George J. Musey, D.D. who had been the Co-Pastor, along with Bishop Grant, of this Catholic Traditional Chapel in the Southern U.S.A.
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to make a special effort to properly prepare ourselves so that we are always ready for death because we know not the day nor the hour. We pray God will grant all of you a very long, happy life!
Every day, especially during Lent, everyone of us should do the best we can to focus on LIVING the life of a real Catholic so that we can DIE as a real Catholic!
Lent is a time for an examination of conscience and to ask ourselves: “Could I do as Bishop Grant did and ask whoever comes for us, whether it is our Lord, our Blessed Mother, Saint Michael the Archangel, or whoever, to shove our body out of the way and to take us to Heaven? Have we merited Heaven like Bishop Grant did?”
We pray that each of you, whenever that time comes, will not be fearful because you will have died in the State of Sanctifying Grace. So, even IF you are astonished and even fearful merely at the immense brightness of the very, very plain, simple, box-type Throne of white light on which Jesus Christ sits; but most especially IF you are overcome by the overpowering brilliance of His Divine Glory so that you collapse at the feet of Christ, as did Saint John, IF you resolve today, right now, that by the Grace of God, you ARE earning the right to go to Heaven, then when you lay before the feet of Jesus Christ, the Just Judge will also lay “His right hand upon” you, saying: “Arise, and fear not!” (Matthew 17:7).
Therefore, do NOW what on the Day of Judgement you will THEN have wished that you had done NOW so that you also will hear these words of comfort from Christ: “Arise, and fear not!” (Matthew 17:7). “Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!” (Matthew 25:21).