Today, we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. In Mark 9:2-10 we read about Jesus going up the high mountain to converse with Elijah and Moses. During this conversation, Jesus’ clothes became dazzlingly white, evidence of Jesus’ divinity and glory. The fact that He is having a conversation with Elijah and Moses is evidence of the fact that death, as we know it, is not the end of life. For, here are two souls of ancient history conversing with Jesus! This should give us all hope in Christ’s promises of salvation and eternal life with Him in Heaven!
What I find fascinating about this Gospel passage is that, as with Jesus’ Baptism, we once again, hear the voice of God. At Jesus’ Baptism, God says, “You are my Beloved Son, with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). At the Transfiguration of Jesus, God, the Father, says, “This is my Beloved Son. Listen to Him” (Mark 9:7). Both assertions clearly articulate the relationship between Father and Son, as in both instances God, the Father, declares Jesus as His Beloved Son.
The Father Speaks at the Transfiguration
It is no accident that God, the Father, chose to speak at the Transfiguration. His voice was meant to be heard by the Apostles, so that they would take the Father’s words to heart and listen to Jesus. The Transfiguration occurs at a pivotal time in history; immediately after the first prediction of the type of death that Jesus would suffer. There would be more discussion on that topic in the days to come. The Transfiguration was a means to convey God’s plan for salvation. It was important that the Apostles understood what was to come, so that they could do their part in fulfilling God’s plan for salvation.
So, do you do as the Father commanded? Do you listen to Jesus? He speaks to you via your conscience. Do you hear Him? He speaks to you via your pastor and the Sunday homily. Do you listen and take to heart the message shared? He converses with you in the silence of your heart. Do you recognize His presence?
Take some time today, to think about this message from the Father: “This is my Beloved Son. Listen to Him” (Mark 9:7). Then listen!
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