August 6, 2017
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
The Gospel Today
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. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)

Not too long ago, I was with my father having coffee in one coffee shop. We were discussing the news when suddenly a stranger whose face looks very familiar entered the establishment. It only took me a while to recognize that that person is Bo Sanchez. He probably wanted to have a coffee date with one of his sons too, but people kept on asking to have a photo with him. I did not approach him yet I too was star-struck by his presence. I sent a private message on Facebook to all who know Bo to tell them how excited I was to be in the same place as him.

Peter, James and John were probably also star-stricken by the radiance of Christ transfigured on that high mountain. It is the same experience of the people who witnessed our Lord proclaim the Gospel with authority, cure the sick, expel demons, rebuke the winds and raise the dead; they were struck with awe and glorified God (Mt 9:8). Peter cried out Lord, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents… St. Luke mentioned that in awe Peter did not know what he was saying (Lk 9:33). Later on, in his second letter recorded in the Bible, Peter recalls this personal experience of the majesty of Jesus to attest to reliability of the Gospel he proclaims.

No one of us today have seen Jesus gloriously transfigured, yet we believe the apostles not only by virtue of their being eyewitnesses, but by the radiance of their lives dedicated to loving God and their neighbor. We too, as witnesses of God’s love and mercy to ourselves, are asked to shine forth the same radiance to others. Let them be star-stricken too.

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