6th August 2015: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of our Lord

The Transfiguration of our Lord

The feast we celebrate today is basically the revelation of Jesus Christ as the beloved Son of the Father. From the very out-set, it may be important to ask the question, Why was Jesus transfigured? The gospel passage of today and the other readings will help us find some possible answers to this question. First the special moment at the mount of transfiguration could be said to be moment of preparation and enlightenment from the three apostles Peter, James and John. From that experience they got a foreshadow of the glory of the one who has called them. Hence Peter exclaimed “Lord it is wonderful to be here. Let us build three tents. We may go ahead to ask; was that moment once and for all? But the answer is inherent in this question; Does Jesus still reveal himself today in order to enlighten us? The answer is yes and it forms the foundation of the next point. At the transfiguration, a voice was heard and it instructed them this is my beloved son, listen to him. These words are made manifest everyday in the Eucharistic celebration. First at the liturgy of the word, when the word is broken down for us. In John’ gospel, we are told in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Each time we listen to God and we are at that mount of the transfiguration. At Mass, just before the communicant comes to partake of the sacred banquet (communion rite) the priest says, Behold the Lamb of God ” The lamb of God is the same Christ who stood before Peter, James and John. So at every Mass, we behold the sacred face of Jesus, the giver of life. Furthermore, the experience of Peter, James and John had a first-hand dimension in their ministry. They bore witness to Christ with strong conviction. This is very evident in the second reading when Peter addresses the people saying that “we did not follow cleverly devised myths… but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. Each time we come for Mass we become eye witnesses to Christ mystery. Do we allow it find a place in our lives. Do we bear witnesses like true eye witnesses of the sublime mystery of truth? Christ is forever king and lives and reign in majesty as spoken through the prophet Daniel. We too must proclaim this with faith, courage and conviction by our every word, actions and thoughts. By so doing, we become partakers of the great glory of Jesus Christ, and we also would have built not just three tents, but the kingdom of God here on earth. May the light of God continue to shine forth for all to see the glory of God. Amen.

Rev. Fr. Francis Igben

St. Joseph Catholic Church Oviri-Olomu

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