Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 6, 2017, The Transfiguration of the Lord

Daniel &:9-10, 13-14   2 Peter 1:16-19   Matthew 17:1-9

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. We recall the mountaintop experience Jesus had with His Disciples Peter, James, and John. More than that it was pre-shadowing what would happen because whenever we go up a mountain we have to come down. And from there would come the trip to Jerusalem with suffering, death, and crucifixion.

The Disciples were not physically or spiritually  prepared for such a vocation. Jesus for His part wanted to show them that this had been planned all the way back from the Old Testament time. In this appearance came Moses and Elijah. In a few moments they saw they saw the great glory of God. This glory would ultimately lead to the cross.

Our task in this world is to continue to live out the dying to selfishness and sin therefore offering others glimpses into the glory yet to come. We have many opportunities in our own life to be transfigured. It happens in the good deeds that we can do. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”. He too was referring to a transfiguration experience, but he knew that it would ultimately lead to death.

As people of faith we know that death never has the last word. It is something to be overcome in everlasting life. As we celebrate this weekend we see the many transfigurations in our lives and in the lives of our brothers and sisters. We too can reveal the glory of God.

 

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