“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36
28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
Peter, James and John went with Jesus to pray and witnessed the transfiguration. Along with Jesus stood Moses and Elijah. The disciples had no idea what was happening and Peter, in his ignorance, suggested that they erect three tents to commemorate the event. As though to correct Peter’s misunderstanding, a voice came from the cloud naming Jesus as his son and telling the disciples to listen to him. There was not to be confusion about Moses or Elijah being equal to Jesus nor should Peter have tried to assume control of a holy happening, but rather listen to this holy one.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
The Transfiguration, in today’s Gospel is a foretaste of the Resurrection, which was meant to give the Apostles courage to face the coming Suffering and Death of Our Lord. Even after having been warned by Jesus about the coming persecution, St. Peter did not want to accept the cross. Rather, he wanted to set up three tents so that they could stay on the mountaintop with this beautiful foretaste of the Resurrection.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote of St. Peter, “If there was one dominant characteristic about St. Peter, it was that he hated discipline, mortification, and self-denial. He’s just like the rest of us. He wanted to lay hold of the immediate and that which is joyful, but he did not want to have anything really crucial (cross-bearing) in his life.” How willing are we to embrace the cross? Are we looking for the mountaintop experience to be the focus of our life with Jesus? Are we like St. Peter, not wanting to let go of the spiritual exhilaration and instead cling to the life-saving cross? We cannot stay on the mountaintop, revelling in the glory of the Resurrected Lord, if we have not first embraced the cross. Let us not run from the crosses in our lives but instead ask for the courage to embrace them as Jesus did.
- What are the crosses in my life?
- Am I accepting or rejecting these crosses?
- This life and these crosses are only temporary.
Give me the courage to recognise and accept my crosses as you did. Help me understand that this life is only temporary, and my destiny is to spend eternity with you in perfect happiness, peace and love in the promise of your glorious Resurrection.
Thank you, I love You Jesus, amen.
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