HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
HOMILY THEME: “THIS IS MY SON, MY BELOVED, WITH WHOM I’M WELL PLEASED LISTEN TO HIM”
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike
On the occasion of the transfiguration of Jesus on mount tabor, God the Father once again decided to make it a day of Honouring and Glorifying His son, our Lord Jesus Christ before Peter, James and John and by extension, to all of us who today hear this good news (Lk 9, 28-36).
This is not the first time we hear the Father honouring the son with those words, for after the baptism of Jesus, and while he was praying, heaven was opened and a voice spoke: “you are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased” (Lk 3, 22).
Jesus as we know is the second person of the Trinity, with the Father and the Spirit as the other persons. His mission to our world is a mandate given him by the Father who generates and sends him and the Spirit as our advocate in the world.
Today the Father chooses to accord him honour and glory by presenting him as his “Beloved son, with whom he is well pleased” and went further to add a command to it “listen to him”( Lk 9, 35). Another striking side to today’s event is the presence of the two pillars of the Old Testament, in the persons of Moses who represents the Law and Elijah who stands for the Prophets.
The appearance of Moses and Elijah and having a long discussion with Jesus was a confirmation of the authenticity of the mission of Jesus as truly coming from heaven, and could officially be the handing over of the mission report of the Old era to Jesus because he has come to fulfil the laws and prophets in the New era, with his blood (Mt 5, 17-18).
Speaking on the certitude of this truth, St. Peter declared:
“We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed” (2Pt 1, 17-19).
This same prophetic message was foreseen by Daniel in today’s first reading, when the Almighty one, the Ancient of days, was conferring power upon the Son of man, gave a good description of the powers in Jesus and what the transfiguration signified. In the words of the prophecy we heard: “To him was given dominion and glory and kingship that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed (Dan 7, 13-14).
Let us therefore, listen to the voice of the son of God; our redeemer and saviour Jesus Christ, by honouring him with good deeds, reverence and love for one another, so as to enter into his peace.
Happy Sunday and have a blessed week.