Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.
Away from home and on the mountain' is an invitation for a divine encounter and a very important one, not only to God, but also to all humanity. An encounter of the prophets and the teacher of the law with the Trinity. The transfiguration reveals to us not only how the Triune God works together, but also the need for our cooperation in his saving project. Jesus took Peter, James and John with him. He needs all of us, so that his Kingdom may come.
If God invites us to meet Him (away from this world, on the mountain) because He loves us, He has chosen us for a consecration of anointing, to be sent, from His holy NAME, to the world He loves. The temptation is great, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Yet we know that the ship is not in port all the time. The revelation of the transfiguration helps these disciples to be true witnesses of the resurrection, a prefiguration of the Lord's death and resurrection. Every grace received multiplies in us the graces to others. Thus, we become the missionaries.
They have heard a voice, very strong in gentleness, bringing an important message, so that they understand it and announce it. "This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him" Listen to Him, for in Him I will be glorified, in Him I trust, in Him you will see me. This son is going to die on the Cross and you must learn to give yourself generously, like Him, in love. And you will do it after his death and resurrection, by your own death.
The message they received was not entirely comprehensible. Yet they will keep it in their hearts and meditate on it. We are called to listen to his Word and meditate on it. May this Word finds its place in our heart and mind, so that we ourselves become the Word of God to our brothers and sisters.
Action of day: Listen to your heart
«Rabbi, it is good that we are here!»
Fr. Ignasi NAVARRI i Benet
(La Seu d'Urgell, Lleida, Spain)
Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Mount Tabor, like Mount Sinai, is the place of the proximity to God. It is the prominent space, regarding our daily existence, where we can breathe the pure air of the Creation. It is the place of prayer where we are in the company of the Lord, like Moses and Elijah, who appear with Jesus Transfigured, talking with Him about the Exodus He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem (i.e. his Passover)
“His clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them” (Mk 9:3).This fact symbolizes the purification of the Church. And Peter said to Jesus: "Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Mk 9:5)" St. Augustine beautifully mentions that Peter thought of the three shelters because he did not yet know the accord between the Law, the Prophecy and the Gospel.
“Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” (Mk 9:7). The Transfiguration is not a change in Jesus, but the Revelation of His Divinity. Peter, James and John, while contemplating the Divinity of the Lord, prepare themselves to confront the scandal of the Cross. The Transfiguration is a foretaste of the Resurrection!
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!" (Mk 9:5). The Transfiguration reminds us that the joys God sows in our life are not points of arrival, but lights He gives us in our earthly pilgrimage so that "only Jesus" may be our Law, and His Word the guideline, joy and blessing of our existence.
May the Virgin Mary help us to live intensely our moments of encounter with the Lord so that we may joyfully follow Him every day, and may she help us to listen and always follow the Lord Jesus till the Passion and the Cross, in order to share His Glory.