In the first reading Abraham survived the litmus test of his faith when he responded to God’s command to bring his son Isaac to the mountain and offer him as his sacrifice to God. He obeyed God without question even if it is at the expense of his son. For his obedience Abraham was blessed abundantly by God and he was rewarded by God with so many descendants.
If we are in the shoes of Abraham would we sacrifice our son/child without any question? Would we be as faithful as Abraham in his discipleship to God? These two questions invites us to self examine our faithfulness towards God.
How are you as a disciple/follower of God? Maybe some of us are fair weather disciples only.
In the gospel Jesus together with Peter, James and John went to the mountain when He was there already He was transfigured before them. Why did Jesus went to the mountain? Was He called by God to go to the mountain? There was no mention of that sort. Perhaps, there was a call from God for Jesus to go to the mountain so that God can further strengthen Him as He nears His passion. So that He will remain humble and focused to His salvific mission for us. Perhaps, all of these things happened when He was transfigured before the disciples.
How do we relate the transfiguration of Jesus to our lives?
When we attend Mass we respond to Jesus’ open invitation to join Him in His banquet. Jesus wants us all to be transfigured and be inspired by His words when it’s read during the Liturgy of the Word. Jesus also wants to transfigure us all when we receive His body during Communion. Jesus hopes that through the Celebration of the Holy Mass we will also have that mountain top experience with Him. So that He will continue to sustain us as we do battle with the many temptations of this world such as: Self-righteousness, Egoism, Greed, Lust, Arrogance, Pride, etc...
Have you already allowed Jesus (Through the Mass) to transfigure you?
Do you have your own mountain top experience with God?