Transfigured in faith
Tuesday, August 6, Feast of Transfiguration
of the Lord
Dan 7:9-10, 13-14
2 P 1:16-19
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36.
About eight days after he said this, he took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray.While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying.While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Peter suggested the erection of three booths at Mt. Tabor to prolong the Transfiguration experience. Jesus rejected the idea. Instead, he brought them all down from that mountain to resume their journey to Jerusalem so that the Passion could begin. Actually, Mt. Tabor was more than just a stop over for a brief respite. It was a privileged moment for the Apostles to get a pip at Jesus’ divinity, hopefully, to help them persevere at Calvary.
God allows us to experience bliss prior to difficulties. The purpose is to dispose us to prayer so that when the big crisis strikes we persevere. Bliss is similar to the time we recharge the batteries of our emergency lamps prior to a power outage. When darkness covers the earth we do not grope in the dark but move freely with fully charged lamps shining so brightly.
The time for bliss is akin to the time we take shelter in an inn in the middle of a journey. Desirous to finish our journey we abandon the inn at the break of dawn and move on till we get to our destination. Bliss does not define the life of a disciple. One should not think the Lord has deserted him simply because his life is no longer blissful. Perhaps he doesn’t need priming up because his faith is already strong enough. He should worry instead if his life becomes all bliss, for this could mean that in his spiritual journey he has been remiss.
In blissful moments be grateful; where there is no experience of bliss at all be faithful. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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