Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make them. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking with Jesus.
Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus,
Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
For he did not know what to say: they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came a voice,
This is my Son, the Beloved: listen to him!
And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.
As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what ‘to rise from the dead’ could mean.
READ: The first reading shows us the trust that gains blessings in the person of Abraham. The second reading affirms that if God is with us, all the necessary things will be provided for our communion with Him. Meanwhile, the gospel tells us that when we are in the presence of God we will be enlightened and given the wisdom to understand better the divine saving action and even correct our errors just like the understanding of Jesus as a prophet, being compared to John and Elijah. The gospel shows us that Jesus is not only a prophet. He is more than a prophet for He is the beloved Son of God, to whom we have to listen.
REFLECT: Do we really trust God or do we trust God just because our parents told us to? Sometimes, we take for granted our being Roman Catholic, our being Christians. We appear “devoted” but lack depth. However, our gospel for today stresses that God’s grace or presence in our lives can transform us to become who we trust, listen and follow. When then shall we allow ourselves to be transfigured in the immeasurable goodness and love of Jesus?
PRAY: Loving Father, you teach us the way towards communion through your Son. Inspire us with your comforting and loving presence to correct our wrong doings and ways of thinking. Make us true witnesses of love and concern that unites, liberates and empowers. Amen.
ACT: Offer something special for the poor or for those who are in need. For busy parents, give your valuable presence by attending to activities of your child(ren) in school.
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