Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
August 6, 2020
Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Peter 1:16-19
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.
Christianity is a Divine Human relationship and is not a myth. Christianity is not a superficial experience or a traditional ancestral belief but experienced in our daily life. The event of Transfiguration of Jesus was to present his divinity that he was God himself and the voice heard by the Disciples was the Testimony of Almighty to listen to him.
Miracles and divine experiences are confirmation of Gods love and presence in our life. The Disciples lived with Jesus and saw all miracles and teachings of Jesus but did not understood him as Lord or God himself. The transfiguration was the confirmation of Jesus Lordship on this Earth and the voice of God was the Testimony and instruction to the Disciples to listen to his teaching and imitate him. The disciples probably enjoyed the Company of Jesus with all miracles and appreciations from people and felt themselves as holy and are in heaven, but at this event the voice of God reminded the Disciples that Jesus is Messiah and God is pleased with him, not because Jesus was God but Almighty was pleased with Jesus because of his humility to live like a man and faithfully listening to the Will of the Father by not doing his own Human Will but of the Father . Almighty God was reminding the Disciples to listen to him .
What is listening to Jesus means , doing the Will of God is listening to Jesus. Jesus preached to love and forgive and God is telling us to listen to him. The Gospel or Word of God to be followed or listen to or to walk through or lived in our lives. When we listen to the Word of God or love of God and live in love , we become the true witnesses of love. These kind of Witnessing is not a myth or superficial experience but lived life of ground reality. The true miracles happen in our daily life when we live a life of love, these miracles are reality and not only a divine experience. We need divine experiences as an indicator or confirmation of Gods love but divine experiences themselves do not transform us but motivate us or strengthen us with right direction to lead our life in the ground reality and become witnesses of love.
Disciples did not understand the meaning of the event of transfiguration until they became Witnesses for Christ in their life and Peter says in his letter after many years of this event to the people : Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it,as to a lamp shining in a dark place,until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. God is reminding us from the beginning of the Creation to listen to him, listen to his commandments, listen to the Gospel, and live the Be attitudes but people listen to themselves and the perishing foolish wisdom of this World.
Myths and Man Made ideologies of God can not transform us in to people of love but make us Hypocrites and people of Myth. Meditations , Contemplative Visions give us a glimpse of Heaven but not Heaven by itself , these visions and heavenly Experiences catch our hand and guide us to live a life of love and service, if we refuse to listen the Word of God by doing what they say, then we live in the mythological, meditative, superficial and Contemplative World of imaginative Jesus in our life and miss the real Jesus who appears through our brothers and sisters in our life.
The Ten Commandments given to Moses at mount Zion was manifested in the New Covenant at the Mount Tabor , Moses and Elijah who were Prophets of God discussing the Plan of Salvation on this Earth with Jesus is an indication that uncompleted plan of salvation which was started in the old testament and Jesus was to fulfill through his listening to God . The Disciples represented the Church of today and passed on the confirmation of the faith to every person who wanted to follow Jesus. The Glory of God and transformation event was a confirmation of the Divinity of Jesus . We need not be worried about the World Religions who believe in Myth , these Religions will vanish if they are not built on love and forgiveness. If these religions build anything which is not built in love but upon the baseless myths, then these Temples built without love become monuments of their self pride but love,joy,peace completely missing in this spirituality.
Christians should not imitate this kind of Spirituality but enter in to a relationship of love and Service. The formula of H2O ( TEN COMMANDMENTS) is given to us at Mount Sinai and resembled at Mount Tabor but experimented by turning in to water on the Sermon on the Mount and poured out that water to the whole World at Mount of Calvary through Be-attitudes. If we start acquiring the formulas without experimenting them and using them for others then these formulas remain mere formulas and can not transform us in to a person of love which the Lord wants us to listen and become like his son Jesus in our life.
Prayer : Lord transform like your son Jesus to listen to him and experience you in our life. amen.