YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
HOMILY THEME: THIS IS MY BELOVED SON; LISTEN TO HIM.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
“Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5)
The Transfiguration experience was an occasion to strengthen the faith of the apostles so that in the face of the forthcoming trials and persecution, they may have something to hold on to; something to still assure them that Jesus is God.
No wonder, Peter writes in our second reading that: “We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ but we were EYEWITNESSES of his majesty…” Peter then goes on to say we could hold on to this fact like a lamp shining in a dark place.
Are you passing through a dark place in your life? Is your faith very shaky at the moment? Are you going through certain challenges that makes you wonder if God still exists or if he still cares about you? Then take some moment to reflect on how the Transfiguration re-assured the faith of the disciples and tell yourself that it is not over yet.
In the Transfiguration, God himself preached a very powerful short sermon to us: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Do I take out time to listen to Jesus daily? Do I long to hear from Jesus as much as I long to hear from social media?
Yes, you may listen to a thousand different sermons but none is as powerful as listening directly to Jesus himself by reading the Bible.
Finally, Jesus warned the apostles not to broadcast the transfiguration until after his resurrection. Why did he do that? Simply because he was never after earthly glory or fame. Let us learn from Jesus to be humble for truly pride goes before a fall.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see your transfigured image that my faith may increase day by day. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Transfiguration of the Lord. Year B. Bible Study: Daniel 7:9-14, 2 Peter 1:16-19 and Mark 9:2-10).