It is 6th August 2020. We celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The readings are from Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; the second reading from 2 Peter 1:16-19; and the Gospel from Matthew 17:1-9.
Life is full of experiences. Many of them pass by and a few passes through our lives. Some experiences unfold the glimpse of God and the rest radiate the warmth of God. Some experiences are for us to face the inevitable in the future and others to cope up with the present.
We all desire to have a peak experience like that of Transfiguration. “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” (Mt.17:2).
Mountain-experiences of Jesus unfolded the key moments starting from the temptation, the teaching, feeding, praying and betrayal. The endorsement of the Father invites us to listen to Jesus even when do not like to hear what He says and when we do not understand.
The transfiguration calls us for prayer and intimacy with Jesus to have a preview of future glory. Transfiguration reminds us our responsibility to be the children of God and the final outcome of our life. Is God pleased with our lives?
The first reading resonates the Gospel while St. Peter confesses in the second reading his first-hand eyewitness to the spectacular revelation of Jesus in Transfiguration that is a reality and reliable. “We had seen his majesty for ourselves. He was honoured and glorified by God the Father.” (1 Pet 1:17.)
The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.” (Ps.97:9)
The synoptic Gospels mentions this peak experience. The three chosen witnesses got a pleasant surprise of witnessing the risen glory of Jesus. Jesus revealed himself as the Son of the Father before embarking to Jerusalem the culmination in the appearance of Moses representing the Law and Elijah stood for the prophets by the assuring voice of the Father in cloud and voice. A similar experience during the Baptism of the Lord. Peak experiences slip through quickly but sink in deeply to strengthen our fears of the future. Seeing is believing. Speculations do not satisfy our minds, but specifics facts attempt to fill the thirst. “Face of Moses was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” (Ex.34:29). The confession of Peter, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt.16:16).
St. Augustine encourages us to face the present after in the presence. “Go down to toil on earth, to serve on earth, to be scorned and crucified on earth. Life goes down to be killed; Bread goes down to suffer hunger; the Way goes down to be exhausted on his journey; the Spring goes down to suffer thirst; and you refuse to suffer?”
May the grant us the courage to face come what may after we encounter Him in the Eucharist and in the experiences of our lives. May you have a good day. God bless you.