Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Transfiguration

Luke 9:28B-36

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Patricia Butler

Published: August 06, 2016


I share this reflection with you at a time when our world is being disfigured by war, indiscriminate and discriminate violence, aimed at individuals, nations and the whole of creation. I am sure you like me ask where is the hope for the future. Today’s Scripture readings offer a way to create Transfiguration Hope for today and tomorrow.

Peter’s words in the second reading of today’s feast provide the theme for this reflection. To be prophets in our world is the call. “Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You do well to be attentive to it, as a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”  In the Gospel reading, this prophetic call becomes real in the Transfiguration of Jesus. God makes humanity a dwelling place for divinity. “This is my chosen Son listen to him.”

In this transfiguration, we are called to share. We are called to wake up as Peter, James and John had to wake up. We are called to listen deeply, affirm our shared divinity in Christ and be ready to act. We are called to listen deeply to the silence and allow God to speak. Listening allows God to enter and transform us. We are called to believe deeply in the divine being in each of us who hold to Love’s primacy in our lives. We are called to affirm that doing the above will lead us to participating in the transformation of our disfigured world.

“Peter, James and John came down from the mountain and fell silent.”  This encounter with God demanded silence so that the disciples could continue to listen and to follow Jesus, God’s chosen one on the journey of transformation in which we are all called to participate in our daily lives.

Oh! How good is the good God! Ah! Qu’il est bon le bon Dieu!

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