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Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 6, 2015

Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time


Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14;/2 Pt 1: 16-19;

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

Lk 9: 28b-36

 

Transfiguration of Our Lord

 

Jesus he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.  As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.  Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.  They spoke about his departure which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.  As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

 

 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.  A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”  When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

 

 

Reflection

 

Today is the feast of Transfiguration of our Lord! As we read in Mk 9: 2-10, Jesus took 3 of his disciples to the top a mountain and revealed his glory, and not to the public. In the OT, it was Moses and in the NT, Peter, James and John – the selected few, the few who had the signature of God on their heart to have the vision of the glory of Jesus. The disciples were given a glimpse of this on the top of a high mountain. In Gospel, mountain is always symbolic of revelation where Moses met God and God revealed to Moses, where the Moses of NT – Jesus very often talked to his Father and was in perfect union with Him. Mountain is also the symbolic of Transcendence. It is on the mountain top Jesus blessed his beloved disciples with a glimpse of his glory, the glory that we too will share in the fullness of time if we live a life transformed on earth.

 

The disciples saw Jesus transfigured and his face shown like the sun and his clothes became dazzling as light. Together with Jesus they also saw Moses and Elijah – the preeminent Seers of God in the OT – the representatives of the Law and Prophets. Jesus came as the fullness of Law and Prophets!! At the gaze of Jesus in his glory and the presence of Moses and Elijah, the disciples forgot everything. Peter cried out – ‘Lord, it is wonderful for us to be here!” They had the experience of something ‘no eyes have seen and no ear heard (1Cor 2.9). The disciples did not want to go down, to leave that majestic and mystical experience. They wanted to stay there forever together with them. As St. Theresa of Avila writes, ‘the more I meditate on heaven, the more I dislike the world.’ Bl. James Alberione tells that we should spend our life ‘knees bent on earth and eyes raised to heaven’.

 

On the top of the high mountain Jesus showed his glory, a glory that we are to share (Rom. 8:17) through sharing his suffering on earth. It is the aspiration for this glory that must give us courage and confidence to face and encounter the challenges the world raise in our faith living.

 

As true Christians, we too have to be transfigured through the Word of God, through the sacraments and certainly through our daily living of our faith. We are born of flesh and so we are the children of this world. But we need to be transfigured as the children of God. St. Paul exhorts – ‘do not conform yourselves to the standards of the World, but let God transform you inwardly by the complete change of your mind.’ (Rom.12:2). God has called us in Christ to be his son. We should be changed into the likeness of Christ, the only begotten, the beloved Son of the Father. Unless we are thus transformed, we shall not be worthy of heaven. But once transformed, we shall experience the glory of Christ already here on earth. As psalmist says, ‘as for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness, when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding your face (Ps. 16:15).

 

As we celebrate the feast of transfiguration of our Lord, we also should have great desire to behold the glory of the Lord. The first step to have this vision of the glory of God is to allow ourselves to be transformed from egoistic to altruistic, unloving to loving, and ever forgiving and forgetting. If we are transformed on earth, we will be glorified in heaven with the vision of the glory of God. We should leave the path of sin, turn to God and let ourselves be transformed into the image of Jesus through his grace in us.


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