“THIS IS MY SON, MY CHOSEN, LISTEN TO HIM” (Luke 9:35)
⏰Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord C (06 August 2019)
📖Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Luke 9:28b-36
🎤”THIS IS MY SON, MY CHOSEN, LISTEN TO HIM” (Luke 9:35)
Among other reasons, the transfiguration of Jesus serves to encourage the disciples and strengthen their faith in view of the impending passion of Jesus. It is true that Peter had just identified him as the Messiah of God (cf. Luke 9:20) but now, God himself puts a stamp upon that answer (Luke 9:35), thus clearing any doubt that might still in their mind. See the conviction with which Peter led the work of evangelization in the early church (Acts 2-5) as an effect of that stamp of God.
Beyond that, the different persons and things that made up the drama of the transfiguration point to the end time. The prophet Malachi prophesied this meeting in that view (Mal 3:22-23). The dazzling white reflects the glory of the end time (cf. Rev 7:13).
The event took place on a high mountain, indicating a place of personal encounter with God (cf. Exod 3:1; 24:12; Isa 19:8; Luke 6:12). But the devil also tempted Jesus from the mountain (Matt 4:8). The difference is on the voice that is heard. The Father spoke and gave us the instruction to LISTEN to Jesus.
Are we ready to listen to Jesus? If we listen to Jesus, he will encourage us and strengthen our faith as he always did the apostles (see Matt 14:27-32); he will prepare a place for us to spend the end time without pains (see John 14:1-4); he will lead us with him to encounter God in his holy place (see John 14:6-7).
May God give us the grace to remain focused on Jesus even in the midst of suffering so as to win the glory that is to be revealed at the end of time. And may the cloud of God’s glory overshadow us in all we do today and beyond. Amen.
Have a a beautiful and blessed day ahead. Peace be with you.