Thursday Mass readings (Is God broken-hearted?? / Jesus transfigured)

August 6

Reading 1
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

**Reading II
2 Pt 1:16-19 **

We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from Heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Mk 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John,
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.

And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
***“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them. ***

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

*Why would Almighty God need anyone to minister to Him…? hmmm… probably because He has a broken heart because of all those who reject Him & destroy their souls with sin… (??) Hmm…

What rising from the dead meant… It means being with Jesus, far from sin and all its awfulness…* :slight_smile:

Wonder why they were discussing it? Didn’t they see Him raise Lazarus,
the 12 yr old girl, and the widow of Naim’s son? What do you think they
were asking each other?

no idea… but i do believe God is… well, deeply hurt by lost souls…

I just believe He distances Himself from tht kind of evil so as not to be destroyed by his “feelings”… if you know what i mean… (not sure I do…but… :confused::shrug:)… Humans can be destroyed by their emotions… but God… is God…

even so, i guess what i’m saying is that**IF ** God allowed Himself to feel the full extent of His sorrow over the way we humans act… He wouldn’t be able to hold the Universe together or somethign… :whacky::hypno::hmmm:

i don’t know… i’m just thinking out loud…or whtever… Maybe God doesn’t grieve intensely over our rotten choices… because He is “beyond all that”… or whatever…

i just realized soemthing… I am tyring (for the 1000th time) to figure out God… :rolleyes:

my “other personality” says: Good luck, Stupid… :smiley:

I like that you are wondering about God’s feelings. I wonder about it too.
My grandma used to say to God, “take care of yourself, you have a lot on your

I believe you are right about us being able to “cheer God up” by loving and
worshipping Him more.

“cheer God up”

that sounds funny to me… :smiley:

but it also sounds wonderful…

i really think that God grieves (if you will) over us…

I see Jesus on the Cross and that is what i see… God suffering for us … taking on our sufferings, along with our sins…

Jesus is the love of God incarnate… :hug3::heaven:

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