Archive for August 6, 2021

By Theophanes the Greek

On this feast day of the Transfiguration of our Lord we are reminded that all of us must lead transfigured lives in the Lord. That is we must live in the light of His Resurrection!

The Apostles who were with Him at the High Mountain were given a foretaste of Him, in all His glory and they were struck in awe. We on the other hand have the veil lifted and are able to live in the presence of our Resurrected Lord how are we not in awe of this revelation? How is it there is no deep conversion within us and we go on living our lives like dirty laundry? That is we soil ourselves over and over again then head into the washing machine come out clean and then repeat the whole cycle! It is no wonder many of us never overcome habitual sin. Why? Because we have shut our ears and cannot hear the booming voice of God our Heavenly Father say to us ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

If and when we decide to be obedient to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by listening to His Word for us, by praying constantly and putting our Love for Him in action for others; only then will we experience a deep conversion. And after sometime of dutifully obeying Him, we will find ourselves truly leading lives in the light of His Resurrection and in His presence. 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.

I gazed into the visions of the night.

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.


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.