06 Aug 2019: “This is My Beloved Son…”

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Readings;  2 Pet 1, 16:19, Lk 9, 28-36,

Transfiguration of the Lord

Mountain has a religious symbolism of closeness to God. At various occasions in the Bible we find, God manifesting Himself to His chosen ones on mountain. For instance, God meets Moses in the burning bush on Mount Sinai (Exodus; 3). From the moment we meet the adult Jesus at the beginning of the gospels to the very end of his life at Gethsemane and Golgotha, we encounter a man whose life was filled with prayer. We find few explicit examples of prayerful moments of Jesus reported in the Bible; “He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and prayed” (Lk, 5:16), and “He awoke early and went off to the hills to pray” (Mk, 1:35.) The transfiguration discloses certain aspects of Jesus. It is the crown of Jesus’ glorious oneness with the Lord. The disciples recognize the Lord and enjoy the oneness with Him to the extent of saying, “Master, it is wonderful to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. And here we have the joyful acceptance of the Father of His son, “This is my son, the chosen one. Listen to Him.”

Today there is a need for a transfiguration experience in our life. The Transfiguration of our Lord invites each one of us to take on a metaphoric journey to the mountain, to deeply unite ourselves with the Lord. It is a moment to experience a Divine radiance in our lives, so as to embrace all without boundaries, so that many may enjoy our presence as disciples enjoyed the presence of the Lord. Finally, transfiguration moment in our life should enable us to become the beloved of the Lord and hear His voice telling us, “This is my son, the chosen one…”

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