“TRANSFIGURATION: MY BELOVED SON”
First Reading: Genesis 22: 1-2,9,10-13,15-18
Second Reading: Romans 8: 31-34
Gospel Reading: Mark 9: 2-10
* First reading is from the book of Genesis. This passage describes the story of Abraham the father of faith. In spite of his faithfulness to the Lord God, he was severely tested by the Lord God. Sara and he were advanced in age when they were blessed with a son as promised by the Lord God. But unexpectedly, the Lord God asked Abraham to offer Issac as a sacrificial offering. Although he was broken and upset by this, he did not falter but decided to sacrifice Issac as asked by the Lord God. When Abraham was about to sacrifice Issac, the Lord God spared his son and instead Abraham was told to sacrifice a ram. Seeing his trust and total obedience, Abraham was greatly blessed by the Lord God and he was promised that his descendants will be as many as the stars in heaven.
* Second reading is from the letter of St. Paul to Romans. In this passage Paul instructs the Christians in Rome and us that in Jesus we have an intermediary who will never fail us. He says, indeed with Him on our side, who can ever be against us? This passage gives us the depth of God’s love for us. God did not spare even His own son but gave Him up for us.
“Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor”
Today’s Gospel reading is from St. Mark. In this passage we have the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. Jesus with three of His beloved disciples climbed the Mount Tabor and on the mountain top, He was transfigured in front of His disciples. He was covered with heavenly glory. Disciples were overwhelmed and happy at his heavenly experience. The presence of Moses and Elijah, two towering figures of Old Testament is a sign that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that has been foretold in the Old Testament. Jesus’ momentary change of bodily appearance and the voice of the Father confirms that Jesus is truly the Son of God.
The transfiguration event is both comforting and challenging for us. It is comforting because we know that our Lord and Saviour Jesus is truly Son of God and beloved of the Father. It is challenging because the Father invites us to listen to His Son and follow His teachings and be witnesses in our lives. If we are faithful to the Lord, we too will one day experience this heavenly experience.
“At His transfiguration Christ showed His disciples the splendor of His beauty, to which He will shape and colour those who are His” – St Thomas Aquinas.