Greetings on this the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Readings: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; PS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Lk 9:28b-36
Notes: The Transfiguration and The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane are uniquely witnessed to by Peter, James and John. The glory of Jesus and his mission of sacrifice are tightly, inextricably, linked.
Jesus’ transfiguration is who he is, what he does and what we are to become.
It is Jesus’ plan to transform us, divinize us and have us be his brother in all things.
A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.
One of the Transfiguration accounts is read on the second Sunday of Lent each year, proclaiming Christ’s divinity to the Elect and baptized alike. The Gospel for the first Sunday of Lent, by contrast, is the story of the temptation in the desert—affirmation of Jesus’ humanity. The two distinct but inseparable natures of the Lord were a subject of much theological argument at the beginning of the Church’s history; it remains hard for believers to grasp. From:
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.
The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain.
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
Peace be with you,