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Scripture Reflections - Aug. 6
The Feast of the Transfiguration


READINGS

Daniel 7:9-10
2 Peter 1:16-19
Matthew 17:1-9

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Today, the Feast of the Transfiguration replaces the 18th Sunday of the Year.

The readings give the testimony of the prophets Daniel  (‘First reading), the apostles, St. Peter (Second reading), and the prophets Moses and Elijah (Gospel) to the great truth that Jesus is the Messiah.

The Father Himself testifies that Jesus is His  beloved Son. 

Daniel has a magnificent vision of the dazzling throne of God the Father in heaven, giving His triumphant Son the glory, dominion and kingship over all the nations of the earth.  He will rule with the Father forever and ever.
In the second  reading, Peter gives his eyewitness account of the remarkable event that we celebrate today. 

He urges his listeners to pay close attention to the message of salvation preached now everywhere by all the apostles  “until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”.

On the mountain, Peter, James and John are traveling with Jesus to Jerusalem.  As they approach the summit,of Mt. Thabor,  the three suddenly notice in change in the garments Jesus is wearing.  They become dazzlingly white.

The disciples then see two famous figures appear.  They recognize Moses the Lawgiver, and Elijah the Prophet.  They are both discussing something with Jesus. 

Peter is ecstatic, and offers to build  a permanent dwelling for all of them. Then their joy is turned to fear when suddenly a cloud comes between them and the sun, and a Voice thunders out, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.  Listen to Him!”.  

As the disciples fall to the ground. Jesus calms them, and tells them not to be afraid.  The glory has faded, and they proceed down the mountain. Jesus had tried to prepare them for what lay at the end of their journey.
What does all this mean for us on our spiritual journey?  Are we willing to share the Passion and suffering of Jesus in our  own lives?

Will we allow ourselves to be transformed by the incredible experience as Jesus intended? Will we be willing to let Jesus judge everything by Jesus’standards?

As he taught a lesson in patience and hope to Peter, James, and John, so he teaches us to listen and wait, to listen intently to His message.

We have the advantage of knowing and believing in the. Resurrection.   In our journey this week, we should remember Jesus transfigured on the mountain—and listen!   

Whether its daily Mass, a Holy Hour, private prayer , or work, may we keep in mind that other members of the Church to our encouragement and example.

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