The Transfiguration

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Reflection on the Gospel of the Saturday
Of The Eighteenth Week In Ordinary Time

(Feast: The Transfiguration of the Lord)

Luke 9:28b-36

The transfiguration event is recorded in the Synoptic Gospels. Of that, only Luke clearly states Jesus came to fulfill God’s will, rather than human will. Throughout Jesus’ life journey, his disciples observed that everyday Jesus communicated with God his Father and was advised by the Father in how to proceed in his ministry. Thus blessed with the Fathers wisdom, Jesus’ name and fame among all people grew, including among the gentiles. Few of the Jewish people strongly believed that he was one of the former prophets like Elijah or Moses or Jeremiah come to save the people from the hand of Roman Emperor. Even some of his disciples believed the same, but Peter confessed Jesus as the much awaited Messiah.

The word Messiah means some one who has come to do the God’s work in a mighty and triumphant manner, whereas Jesus corrected their understanding by confiding them that his mission also included rejection, suffering, and death, and by going through suffering he would triumph in his mission. 

To encourage his disciple to accept suffering and rejection, Jesus desired to reveal how he was glorified by the Father. In this mystical vision, Jesus had conversation with the prophets Elijah and Moses, on the suffering Jesus was going to undergo in Jerusalem to fulfill his mission. The The three Disciples failed to understand the conversation, hence God from heaven testified and glorified Jesus before them, with his words, to aid their understanding, and that they wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

Friends, when we are one in Christ, we too are granted opportunities to see heavenly, and to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Let’s eagerly wait in the presence of God in silence and receive understand and God’s will for our life.

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