The Gospel Today
Feast of the Transfiguration
Matthew 17: 1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Reflection (Sem.Ivan Feniquito):
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord when Jesus experienced the foretaste of His eternal glory and majesty before His three disciples. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. The Transfiguration event revealed His identity as the fulfillment of the law and prophecy as manifested by His dialogue with Moses and Elijah. In the Jewish tradition, witnesses are needed to prove that a revelation is true. But Jesus deems that it is not the right time yet to proclaim His real identity that was why the revelation should be first kept in secret. When I was reflecting on the disciples’ vision of Jesus, I would feel blessed and dazzled by the glory of God.
Last summer break, I had my parish apostolate in one of the parishes in our diocese. I was assigned at the Transfiguration of Christ Parish located in Antipolo City. I was lucky enough to be assigned in the parish of the assistant Vocation Director of our diocese and the newly elected National Vocation Director / Executive Secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Vocation. I really believe that priests are acting “in persona Christi” (in the person of Christ). My parish apostolate allowed me to witness the life of the priest in and outside of the sanctuary. I saw his attributes as human being and as an ordained minister. I was amazed by the way he serves as pastor of his parish and by the manner he strives to live out a holy life.
In my seminary formation, it is a daily invitation for me to live a life according to the footsteps of Jesus. The human formation in the seminary helps me to transcend over my woundedness, limitations and frailties. The spiritual formation allows me to live a holy life rooted in my deep, genuine and intimate relationship with God. This human and spiritual formation leads me to become a good and holy person that God wants me to be. Just like the apostles, I will continue opening my eyes, body, mind and heart to the divine revelation of God. May I continue to follow God’s will by actively listening to Him.