The glory of God – and how we will eventually partake of that promise
Reflections on the readings for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6, 2019): DN 7:9-10,13-14; PS 97:1-2,5-6,9; 2PT 1:16-19; MK 9:2-10
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The liturgical readings for this feast of the Transfiguration show us Jesus as truly the Son of God.
In addition to the New Testament accounts of Christ being transfigured into His divine self. Peter, John and James, who were with Him, saw that He was far, far more than simply a good and holy man, or even a great man chosen by God. While the Apostles certainly did not understand what was happening or what is actually meant, they did witness Jesus in His divine glory. The reading from the Book of Daniel is speaks of a vision of God, called the Ancient One, and the one who is the Messiah. “The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).
Christ is King. He is God’s Son and our Savior. After all that these disciples had seen and heard while journeying with Jesus, this extraordinary event allowed them to witness Him as His complete self, both divine and human. While this was a joyful moment for the men, they were also confused and scared. Only after the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord would they grasp what had been revealed to them at the Transfiguration.
Suggested missionary action: Let us offer Jesus our Savior, who is both human and divine, both praise and thanksgiving. We can also pray the Luminous mysteries of the Rosary, being sure to focus special attention on the fourth mystery, the Transfiguration.