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August 6, 2014

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

First Reading: DN 7:9-10, 13-14

Responsorial Psalm:  PS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

Second Reading: 2 PT 1:16-19

Gospel: MT 17:1-9

 

Reflection:

Before I joined the seminary, I go to Mass everyday. Those were the times when I was discerning for the priesthood. In one particular Mass, during the Consecration and Euchaistic prayer, I saw a bright light surrounding the priest. It was as if the priest became so radiant. All the other things and persons around just faded. This lasted for less than a minute. But it was a beautiful experience. This did not only happened to me once, there were other times as well. No, the priest did not transfigure. That was just me and my visions which for me were my spiritual experiences of God.

Yes, we sometimes are given certain spiritual experiences of the glory of God. Sometimes they are quick, sometimes they last for several minutes. Yes, they are our glimpses of God, a vision beyond explanation.

The disciples too, in our Gospel had that experience.  They saw and the heard but it was quick.  The transfiguration of Jesus appearing with Moses and Elijah is a confirmation that Transfiguration_of_Christ_Icon_Sinai_12th_centuryJesus is the awaited Messiah, the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.  The radiant glory of Jesus at the transfiguration is also  confirmation.  The disciples  experienced a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. They were so taken by that vision that they proposed to Jesus to build three  tents. They would like to stay in that glorious state.  At this, another confirmation came through a voice from the clouds that says “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Jesus had to go down to Jerusalem to face his passion. death and resurrection. He told his disciples about this when he said “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” The disciples were to witness about this vision of the transfiguration only after the resurrection of Jesus. They will be able to do this only if they continue to listen to Jesus. In addition, they will also share in His glory.

At every Eucharistic celebration, you behold before your eyes the transfiguration of Jesus as the bread and wine is transformed into His Body and Blood.  As you receive Jesus in Holy Communion, you too are transfigured into Himself. This transfiguration may not be too obvious but it is real.  This will reach its fullness at the heavenly banquet.

You may not be able to see visions all the time, yet God sometimes do allow us to see some visions about His glory. You may have received such gift of seeing visions so that you may experience little glimpses of that glory.  Yet, you do not have to wait to see visions in order to believe in your future glory because God is always manifesting Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You only have to listen to Jesus at Mass and after Mass. It is in listening to Him that you become more receptive to such spiritual experiences.

 

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