The Transfiguration shows Christ to be truly both human and divine
Reflections on the readings for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6, 2018): DN 7:9-10,13-14; PS 97:1-2,5-6,9; 2 PT 1:16-19; MK 9:2-10
MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.
Peter wanted the early Christians to understand that he and the other Apostles were proclaiming the absolute truth about Jesus and His message.
As we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord today, we read how he reassured them. “We had been eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to Him from the majestic glory, ‘This is My Son, My beloved, with whom I am well pleased’” (2 Peter 1:16-17).
Through the Transfiguration, Almighty God reveals a great deal. He demonstrates the divinity of His Son and asks listeners to recognize Jesus’ authority. This wondrous event also points the way to the Second Coming of Christ, although the time is hidden from us. And, in the transfigured glory of Christ, we look forward not only to His Resurrection, but also to our own when He calls us to Himself. Jesus Christ, God and man, proclaimed the redemption of the world and then sacrificed His own life to make it real for all who turn themselves over to His way of love and mercy.
Suggested missionary action: Let us spend some time each day on spiritual reading. We might go to the library or go online to find a book or other material that can help us learn more Christ and grow closer to Him.