REFLECTION FOR SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 25, 2024
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
THE GLORY OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Mark 9:2–3
Our gospel reference today formed part of the transfiguration of our Lord in the presence of Peter, James, and John. The transfiguration of Jesus took place 6 days after he had announced to his disciples that the “Son of Man must suffer greatly … and be killed and rise after three days”. He had told them that those who will be his disciple should take up their cross and follow him.
At the transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were seen. They both received a revelation of divine glory on a high mountain and represented the law and the prophets respectively. At the transfiguration, the identity and mission of Jesus was confirmed by both God and the scripture, At the transfiguration, God the Father, for the second time affirmed Jesus with the voice saying “This is my beloved Son, Listen to Him.”
As Christians, do we listen to Jesus today? Obviously, with the noise of music and social media. Christians hardly listen to the voice of Jesus speaking to them. We rather listen to the voice of the world around us calling for independence and to neglect the voice of Jesus calling us to peace, love and forgiveness.
Peter, James, and John, who were witnesses, saw the clothes of Jesus became dazzling white. They were overwhelmed by what they saw and Peter, in a state of confusion, suggested having three tents set up. “He hardly knew what to say”. Just as the light of God enfolded the disciple at the transfiguration, so does it enfold us today with the warmth of being loved by God.
Though we are not privileged to witness the image of His glory as these three Apostles were, their experience of this glory is given to us to ponder so that we will also receive the benefit of their experience. Since the glory and splendor of Christ is not just physical but also essentially a spiritual reality, He can give us a glimpse of His glory also.
Oftentimes, Jesus gives us His consolation and instills in us a clear sense of Who He is. He reveals to us through prayer a sense of Who He is, especially when we make the radical choice to follow Him without reserve. And though this may not be a daily experience, if we have ever received this gift by faith, then we should remind ourselves of it when things get difficult in life.
Reflect, today, upon Jesus as He is now fully radiating His glory in Heaven. Recall that image whenever you find yourself tempted in life toward despair or doubt, or when you sense that Jesus simply wants too much of you. Remind yourself of Who Jesus truly is. Try to imagine what these Apostles saw and experienced. Allow their experience to become yours also, so that you will be able to make daily the choice to follow our Lord wherever He leads.
My transfigured Lord, You are truly glorious in a way that is beyond my comprehension. Your glory and splendor are beyond what my imagination can ever comprehend. Help me to always keep the eyes of my heart upon You and to allow the image of Your Transfiguration to strengthen me when I’m tempted to despair. I love You, my Lord, and place all my hope in You. Jesus, I trust in You.
Saint of the Day
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.