The Vicar's View: Fr. Raj's Gospel Reflection for August 6, 2017
Dear friends, I would like to share with you regarding the gospel passage from Mt.17: 1-9.
Two persons, namely Moses and Elijah, appeared to the disciples conversing with Jesus during transfiguration also had their God experience on the mountain top as per Ex 34:29 and 1 Kings 19: 9-18.
Moses represents the laws and Elijah represents the prophets in the Old Testament so the whole Old Testament meets in Jesus.
Perhaps the main aim of Jesus’ Transfiguration was to allow Jesus to consult his Heavenly Father in order to ascertain His plan for His Son’s suffering, death and Resurrection. Another purpose was to make his chosen disciples aware of Jesus’ Divine glory, so that they might discard their worldly ambitions and dreams of a conquering political Messiah and deepen their faith so that they might be strengthened in their time of trial. On the mountain, Jesus is identified by the Heavenly Voice as the Son of God. Thus, the Transfiguration narrative is a Christophany, that is, a manifestation or revelation of Who Jesus really is. Describing Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Gospel gives us a glimpse of the Heavenly glory awaiting those who do God’s will by putting their trusting Faith in Him.
The ecstasy of those fleeting moments was short-lived for them. But the shadow of the cross was already falling on Jesus. On the way to Calvary, the disciples fall away and flee yet the ecstasy experience would still keep alive a flicker of hope. That was Jesus’ way of sustaining them in time of trial. Merciful Lord, sustain my faith too when I doubt in times of trials and tribulations.