FRIDAY, EIGHTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Dan 7:9-10, 13-14 or 2 Pt 1:16-19; Ps 97:1-2,5-6,9; Mk 9:2-10
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This feast assures us that Jesus is the “Light from Light, true God from true God” and that we can become witnesses of his radiance. Peter, James and John had the special privilege of seeing the glory of Jesus on Mount Tabor and of having an experience of what heaven is like.
Through our baptism, we are also granted the gift of experiencing the divine life so that we can be bearers of this heavenly light in a world of darkness, through our faith and works prompted by the Holy Spirit. We are called to be Jesus’ disciples and to proclaim his word. God makes his presence known to us in numerous ways – through nature, through people around us and most importantly, in prayer, in which we experience his grace.
We can experience the glory of Jesus through his word, and our reflection of his glory should grow in brilliance every day. If we are to be a reflection of him, our lives should reflect kindness and concern towards others with the desire to attain final transformation on the last day. At times we need to step back from our hectic lives, slow down, take a break and let Jesus reveal himself to us to help us be better Christians and better humans.
Seeing Jesus’ face change its appearance, his clothes become dazzling white and the prophets, the appearance of Moses and Elijah; the disciples wanted to build tents and stay on the mountain; but when the experience was over, they had to come down. After experiencing God and his love, we need to challenge the world and be witnesses of Christ; we should not keep the experience of God to ourselves. May this feast enrich our Christian living. May we experience God and realize that we too need to shine in the world through our way of living, our words, attitudes and actions.
Response: The Lord is king, most high above all the earth.
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