Father Alex said a beautiful Mass for us today for Transfiguration Sunday.
One thing that I reflect upon now is how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the religious bodies around the world. Thanks to the internet, we're able to hold services over the internet and still be in contact with one another despite many churches not meeting in person.
We've had the capacity to do this for a while but not necessarily an impetus.
Zoom is truly a gift to the world. I can't overstate how much I love that we're able to still celebrate together and see one another.
Zoom also allows us to experience the Mass even though we're not locally available, regardless of a pandemic. This amazes me as well.
Being unable to physically receive the various Sacraments is a drawback for the liturgical denominations, and yet the interior reality, the essence of what the Sacraments convey, is nonetheless affecting us.
After a time, when the chaos and disruptions caused by the pandemic settle down, physical attendance will return for many, many people. Things will return to "normal," and maybe we'll have with us a new appreciation for the normal.
Maybe this is a type of transfiguration as well- a transformation that isn't permanent but reveals that we're much more than the physical presence of each other. Our presence is something much more than our bodies- but please don't misunderstand. Our bodies are also very important.
In fact, Father Alex pointed this out today during the Spiritual Discussion in which he noted that the reception of the Holy Eucharist causes an actual molecular change in our bodies. The path of spiritual perfection affects everything we are, not only this or that part!
I pray for you all. I pray that we attain to our goal of spiritual perfection. I pray that we experience many more Transfigurations in our own lives.