SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH - FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him."
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
"Rise, and do not be afraid."
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
"Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
Peter, James, and John were Jesus’ most intimate friends. They had traveled with him, learned from him, ate with him, and we can assume laughed with him for three years. But, on the mountaintop they witnessed something totally beyond their years of experience with Jesus. Prayerfully put yourself in this Gospel reading. What are your expectations as you climb the mountain with Jesus? How do you feel when you see him transfigured and see his glory revealed? What do you think when you hear the voice of the Father speaking from the cloud, “This is my beloved in whom I am well pleased".
God in all his glory dwells within the hearts of the faithful. He comes to us in the Eucharist at each and every Mass—his glory is veiled, but it is still fully present. This is a great and beautiful mystery of our Faith. Peter may not have fully understood what he witnessed and heard at the Transfiguration, but he did recognize the importance of being in Jesus’ presence. Ask God if there are any areas in your life where something is getting in the way simply being present with him. Surrender those obstacles to God in prayer. Each day this week, try to be more aware of God’s glorious presence with you.