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August 06, 2021

Transfiguration of the Lord

Mk 9: 2-10

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and 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 one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The transformation of self-giving love

A few years after graduating from high school, and as soon as I could scrape up the money, I traveled to the Holy Land. A few days into our small group’s journey, the tour bus stopped at a high point in Galilee, and we stood admiring the beautiful Sea of Galilee in one direction and Mount Tabor, the traditional site of Jesus’ Transfiguration, in another. Our Arab Christian guide explained that Moses, the great lawgiver, and Elijah, the great miracle-working prophet, prepared for and pointed to Jesus. The Transfiguration scene shows that Jesus is God’s supreme and all-important “word” to the human family. We can never fully understand what God has revealed in the Old Testament, or anywhere else, without listening to him. How do Jesus’ teachings and life of self-giving love transform and fulfill everything God has communicated to the world before and after his arrival?

Mark McNeil is the Assistant Principal for Formation at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston.

 

Prayer

God of all truth, help me to see that Jesus is the way to properly understanding everything you have ever said and done. May this understanding lead me to a more perfect imitation of him. Amen.

Mark McNeil


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August 06, 2021

Transfiguration of the Lord

Mk 9: 2-10

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and 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 one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The transformation of self-giving love

A few years after graduating from high school, and as soon as I could scrape up the money, I traveled to the Holy Land. A few days into our small group’s journey, the tour bus stopped at a high point in Galilee, and we stood admiring the beautiful Sea of Galilee in one direction and Mount Tabor, the traditional site of Jesus’ Transfiguration, in another. Our Arab Christian guide explained that Moses, the great lawgiver, and Elijah, the great miracle-working prophet, prepared for and pointed to Jesus. The Transfiguration scene shows that Jesus is God’s supreme and all-important “word” to the human family. We can never fully understand what God has revealed in the Old Testament, or anywhere else, without listening to him. How do Jesus’ teachings and life of self-giving love transform and fulfill everything God has communicated to the world before and after his arrival?

Mark McNeil is the Assistant Principal for Formation at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston.

 

Prayer

God of all truth, help me to see that Jesus is the way to properly understanding everything you have ever said and done. May this understanding lead me to a more perfect imitation of him. Amen.

Mark McNeil


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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