Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
As amazing as it seems, the Voice that spoke to Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration still speaks out of the cloud to you and me every single time we listen to the readings from Scripture at Mass (especially the Gospel). As I meditate on this mystery, help me, Lord, to remember that the next time I go to Mass I will be standing in the same awesome, supernatural reality that they stood in as they beheld Elijah, Moses, and Jesus in Glory. The Glory is there at Mass just as surely as it was there that day. All the saints are worshiping God right there in the pew next to you just as surely as they were present and visible to the Apostles on that mountain. Every time I go to Mass, I am going to Heaven. For where the King of Heaven is, there is Heaven, and where the Eucharist is, there is the King.