HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD YEAR A.
THEME: REVELATION OF HIS GLORY.
BY: Rev Fr Stephen ‘Dayo Osinkoya
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Peter 1:16-19
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord recalls the revelation of Christ’s glory on Mount Tabor in the presence of three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John.
On that Mountain, Jesus revealed before mortal eyes the Transcendent Truth of who He is – and who Peter, James and John – and each one of us – will become in Him. They were invited to exercise their freedom and embrace the path that He had prepared.
What we celebrate today is an extraordinary Feast of hope which can help us to live differently, right now. We are invited, by reflecting on this significant event in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, to focus on the end of the Christian life. That is, the purpose or the goal of our existence. The event of the Transfiguration helps to explain the very meaning and purpose of life.
Beloved in Christ, we will all be transfigured, as the Lord Himself was transfigured, when our redemption is complete in the Resurrection of the Body. Then, we will live in the new heaven and new earth, in a transformed cosmos!
This reality is meant to affect the way we live our lives beginning right now. However, many Christians have never even considered it. Many do not even know it is the teaching of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.
The Transfiguration account invites us to reflect on what this can mean for us – beginning right now. This event on the Mountain was meant to strengthen the faith of these three disciples. They were about to witness the events that would lead their Lord and Master along what would appear to be an ignominious path, up Golgotha´s lonely hill, to be crucified, a fate reserved for common criminals.
In the event of the Transfiguration, Jesus was doing so much more than simply encouraging the disciples. He was showing them who He was – and who they would become in Him. He was revealing to them what had already begun; and giving them a vision that would forever change the way they viewed themselves, their daily lives and their mission, after He would return to the Father.
As they lived their lives no longer for themselves but for Him, they began to undergo their own trials and walked the way to their own transfiguration. This is meant to become the path for all of us who bear His name.
The Christian life is a meant to be a real participation in the Divine Nature, every day. We are being transfigured in Christ, even now, as actively we follow Him. This transfiguration will only be complete when the entire person, including the body, is fully redeemed and transformed.
So as we reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus today, and in the days to come, let us enter more deeply into the mystery it reveals by living in the Transfiguration now. It truly is good for us to be here.
Let us draw encouragement and inspiration from the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ and respond to the invitations of grace in our daily lives in order to grow more fully into the Image and likeness of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord revealing His Transfigured glory to a world waiting to be born anew.
We are being called into an ongoing transformation in Jesus Christ, beginning right now.
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