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Transfiguration’s Experience

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Today’s gospel begins with: “Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves.” Why did he take them with him? Surely, Jesus knew what was going to happen and he wanted them to see.

Mark tells us that “there in their presence, he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. … and a voice came from cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.” The disciples had a privilege and honour to be eyewitnesses of Jesus’ divinity. The voice of the Father testifies the origin of Jesus. The presence of Elijah and Moses once more strengthened their belief: Jesus is the fulfilment of the law and of all the prophecies of the Messiah. Jesus knew what they would go through during his passion and death. The Transfiguration’s experience is to assure them who He is and what his mission is about. It will help them when facing persecutions and challenges of life. For Peter, James and John, this experience is necessary as “leaving everything behind” to respond to Jesus’ call was a big deal.

As we continue to faithfully follow Jesus, we also need the Transfiguration’s experience. To cope with reality of life could be impossible for us sometimes. We need to be strengthened in order to be transformed. The invitation from Jesus to carry crosses every day is challenging and we need to be inspired and motivated with Jesus’ presence. We are also empowered to help others to catch a glimpse of God. As we are about to enter into the Eucharistic celebration, let us open our eyes, ears and hearts to experience Jesus’ Transfiguration in this marvelous Sacrament when bread and wine changed into his own Body and Blood.

Fr Do

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