Well, I am quite thrilled that Victor has bestowed the prestigious Lobster Award on me. (More on the award in a second ...)
And while I am thankful that he has given me this highly prized crustacean, I am also now left with the challenge of weaving it into a post about today's gospel.
Here goes nothing ...
First, the award. Victor sums up his invention this way:
This magnificent and rarely presented Award is only given to those tireless and hard-working Bloggers who, despite the many vicissitudes which life may throw in their way, despite the magnitude of the task ahead in their daily grind that is this vale of tears, despite every obstacle, every hardship, and every discouragements and temptations to just click and move on to another Blog; they still find time to visit your personal offering and to regularly leave a message there in the Comments Box.
(Little does Victor know that I enjoy reading his posts, and leaving a comment on his page is really no work at all. But I will continue to feign sweat and tears each time I visit if it means I can call myself an Award Winning Blogger . Shhhh. Our secret.)
In any case, today we read about the Transfiguration.
I usually focus on two things when I read that passage: (a) wonder at what it really looked like, and (b) pity for poor St. Peter who blurted out the only thing he could think of to help.
But Victor's award has forced me to think of a new angle.
Perhaps this event was Jesus taking time out from His "daily grind that is this vale of tears, full of every obstacle, every hardship, and every discouragement and temptation" to show three of his closest friends that he cares.
He gave them a glimpse of something really special. Something no one else got to see. A sneak peak at the bigger picture. A sign that would help them believe.
A token of appreciation, perhaps.
And so now it is my turn. I tried my hardest to turn my clothes dazzling white, but alas, I'm just a mere mortal. So instead, I will turn you blog red, and hand out this Lobster Award to those of you that take the time out of your busy days to let me know you are out there and reading:
I really do appreciate the camaraderie.
(And thank you to everyone else that reads this blog each week, knowing comments are not a requirement!)
P.S. A special thanks to Victor for not only coming up with this award, but for always trying to inspire the rest of us!