Reflection for the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6, 2020)

Blog by Associate Theresa Kempker, OPA

Why do I love the Feast of the Transfiguration?  On this day, we celebrate that Peter, John, and Jesus got to experience the real Jesus briefly.  Haven’t we had those treasured moments, when we experience God, whether through seeing something, hearing something, or feeling His presence?

Do those moments inspire something in you – your truest self – to rise up and meet that Divine Essence?  Don’t we need to express ourselves better so that our true self is ready to meet Jesus at all times?

On this day, then, let us celebrate our transgender brothers and sisters who have spent a great deal of time and energy discerning the expression of their truest self.  In the face of difficulty and sometimes hostility, they claim their truth.

When I think of being in the presence of Jesus as Peter and John were at the Transfiguration, I see my family as our true selves, singing our praises to God.  Our foster daughter is happy and carefree, the scars from her biological family’s abuse gone.  And my trans daughter is relaxed, not on guard.  My spouse and I no longer need to worry about them.  We can all be God’s beloved children, with whom He is well pleased.

Posted in Just Reflecting

11 responses to “Reflection for the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6, 2020)

  1. Theresa, I am trying to contact your sister , Kathy. I was born in Kalamazoo in 09/56, she might know of me.

  2. What a beautiful testament to other parents. May God continue to bless you and continue to share how love can TRANSFORM someone to be their true self.

  3. Thank you, Theresa for your sharing as it inspired me to sing praises to God for the many gifts you have received so graciously and humbly. Keep singing His Praises. We join you!

    Peace and prayer on this Feast of St. Dominic.

  4. Thank you, Theresa! May God continue to bless you and your family, and help you nurture both of your daughters. May you all continue to grow in knowing God’s love for you!

    Peace and Blessings!

  5. I join your hymn of gratitude to God and salute your commitment to accompanying both daughters as they journeyed toward their truest, beloved selves.

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