Weekly Reflection: The Transfiguration of the Lord



August 5-6, 2017

“Transfigure us, O Lord…..break the chains that bind us….” This line is from the song that we sing by Bob Hurd.  “Transfigure Us, O Lord”.  The melody and the words go so well together.  What are the chains that bind us?  What holds us back from becoming who we are meant to be – God’s beloved.

We hear this gospel passage of Matthew on The Second Sunday of Lent every year. Why do you think that is?

Jesus is transformed before Peter, James and John, the apparent inner circle of the apostles. Most scholars maintain that this account is not a vision of the future glorification of Jesus, but an insight into the identity that was his during his public life.  Jesus converses with Moses and Elijah, the representatives of the law and the prophets.  Jesus’ teaching is authenticated by the words that are spoken from the cloud:  “listen to him (Jesus)” Matthew 17:5

The apostles want to prolong Jesus’ transfiguration. Jesus will not hear of it.  Then, identifying himself as the mysterious Son of Man, Jesus directs the three to remain silent about this experience until after his resurrection.

Have you had a “mountain experience” when you came to know Jesus as God’s beloved One or yourself as the Beloved One, or the community as God’s Beloved? Is your reaction similar to that of Peter, who did not want the experience to end?

How is God calling you to trust? How is God calling you to listen to Jesus?

                                                          ~  Mary Jo Piccolo