13th MARCH 2022




Gn 15:5-12,17-18;      Ps 27: 1,7-9,13-14;      Phil 3:17 – 4:1;         Lk 9:28-36




In the Old Testament, quite often we come across instances of God revealing his glory in high places. Hence, the Israelites called him “El Shaddai” which translates as “God of the Mountains.” The God of Israel called Moses and Elijah to the mountaintop to reveal himself, his glory to them. This is what Jesus himself did; he took Peter, James and John to the mountaintop to reveal his glory.

Just before the event of the Transfiguration, Peter confesses that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Right after that, Jesus tells his disciples about his impending passion and death. Their expectations of the Messiah – a political Messiah that would triumphantly lead the Israelites to victory over the Romans and would re-establish the Kingdom of David – were destroyed. We can imagine what confusion, anxiety and doubt they must have felt. Had they left everything for nothing? What was the end going to be? An utter failure? It is at this moment in the lives of the disciples, that the Transfiguration takes place. The God who came down to us, who came to meet us at our human level, takes us up with himself to reveal his glory; he gives a glimpse of the end.

Many times, when things don’t go the way we plan or want, when we don’t achieve our goals, we forget what really matters. We worry, become depressed as if the life on this earth is a permanent one. Above all, we forget to trust the Lord. Let us take a moment to ask ourselves some basic questions. If I am a student in high school, what is my next goal? Perhaps to go to college; after that to get a good job that enables me to have a decent life; then hopefully to find a loving spouse and to have a beautiful family – children and grandchildren; then maybe, a pleasant retirement. But what comes after that? Do we look forward to our death? Do we look forward to the heavenly life? Whether we like it or not, that is our end; we all must face death and the life after that depends on how we prepare for it.

So why did Jesus give these Apostles this very brief experience of His glory? Because they would need that taste of His goodness for the road ahead. They would need to forever remember what their final destiny was. They would need to hold this experience close as they endured the many crosses and sufferings ahead. And they would use this experience to remind themselves that whatever they had to endure on the journey up the mountain of life is worth it. Because on the summit is a glory so great that no hardship, they would have to endure would ever prove to be too big.

Therefore, the ‘end’, or rather, the purpose of our life is the Kingdom of God and the sharing in his glory. It is not easy to pass through this life without worries, trials and sufferings; there is no resurrection without crucifixion. Nevertheless, let us not allow them to crush us, to crush our spirit, to crush our trust in God, to crush our hope in the life to come. We must use them to ascend the mount of perfection and be transformed into another Christ so that we may participate in his glory.


Response: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

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