On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 6, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ is a mystery indeed. Why reveal His glory to just a few chosen disciples when He hid it so well, then warn them to tell no one till after His Resurrection of which they had no clue on what this could mean.

Let’s look at this through the lens of His love. And see ourselves as His chosen few. We would be distraught to learn of our Lord and master’s death. Where is the hope in an uncertain future? What will happen to us and our families? Then we see the Lord our God’s plan of our salvation unfold as we see that through His Resurrection we too have hope to rise with Him in His glory. His glory foretold, His glory revealed in part at the transfiguration and His glory revealed in full at His Resurrection. All sorrow and emptiness is turned to joy. Glory and Praise be to our Risen Lord in whom we have life. Amen

First reading

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
His robe was white as snow

As I watched:

Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat. His robe was white as snow, the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames, its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out, issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
A court was held and the books were opened.

And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed.

Gospel

Mark 9:2-10
This is my Son, the Beloved

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.

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