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Sunday:       The Transfiguration of the Lord.
Date:         August 6, 2016.
Year:         C
The readings: [Dan. 7:9-10, 13-14 (or 2 Pet. 1:16-19); Lk. 9:28-36]
The message:  The manifestation of the Divine glory!
Prepared by:  Catholic Doors Ministry.
Total words:  756

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** The readings follow the sermon.

Welcome my brothers and sisters in Christ to today's celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus. This special Feast was instituted by the Catholic Church to commemorate the manifestation of the Divine glory of Jesus.

From the Gospels, we read that six days after Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Lord took him, James and John apart from the others and they went up on Mount Thabor. There, in the presence of these three Apostles, Jesus was transfigured before their eyes. The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus commemorates this glorious event and encourages us in our prayers to reflect on this biblical event.

The manifestation of the Divine glory of Jesus on Mount Thabor can be compared to the sudden blooming of a rose. In reference to this event, the Gospel of Luke states, "the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became dazzling white." [Lk. 9:29] And the Gospel of Matthew says, "his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white." [Mt. 17:2]

The Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus provides us with a glimpse of what awaits in Heaven those who persevere in their living faith in Christ. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet... we will be changed." [1 Cor. 15:52]

It is interesting to note that the face of Jesus "shone like the sun." This reminds me of a passage in the Book of Daniels in reference to the transformation that we will experience after Judgment Day. It states, "Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." [Dan. 12:3] While Jesus, the King of kings, shone like the sun, we shall shine anywhere from the brightness of the sky to the brightness of stars, depending on our works by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

The Book of Revelation reveals to us that in the Heavenly Kingdom of God, there is no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. [Rev. 21:23] The glory of Jesus that Peter, James and John witnessed, the face of Jesus shining like the sun, shall be the eternal Lamp that shall shine upon us all in Heaven. Twenty-four hours a day, figuratively speaking, we shall never lose track of where the Divine Presence of Jesus is to be found in Heaven. All we will have to do is look in the direction from which the eternal Light shines. There we will find the Lord Jesus.

Reviewing a few Bible passages, it is learned as to why one's face shines. According to the Book of Daniel, "Those who are wise shall shine..." [Dan. 12:3] The Book of Ecclesiastes says, "Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? Wisdom makes one's face shine, and the hardness of one's countenance changed." [Ecc. 8:1] And as we all recall, when Moses descended from the mountain after having receiving the ten Commandments that echo the wisdom of God, his face also shined. [Ex. 34:29-30, 35] Therefore, it can be concluded that the a shining face is a sign that its holder possesses wisdom.

There is no doubt that the Divine wisdom of God is the greatest of all wisdom. As creations of God, our wisdom is progressive in nature, always relying on the endless wisdom of the eternal Lord. Because we will never match the eternal wisdom of the Lord, it can be logically concluded that we will never enjoy the brightness of the face of Jesus who shined as bright as the sun.

Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Letter of James, I read, "If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you." [Jas. 1:5]

Wisdom is a gift that is given to those who are humble, those who recognize that true wisdom comes from God, surpassing all human wisdom.

Today's let us all take a moment to ask the Lord God to bless us with Divine wisdom so we may spiritually grow in the knowledge and understanding of the mysteries of God. May this blessing impel us to lead many to righteousness so we may all shine as stars forever and ever.


The readings...

[The readings were taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (C) 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the United States of America.]
First Reading...

"As I, Daniel, watched in my vision, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool. His throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

As I watched visions in the night, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.

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. 7:9-10, 13-4]

OR (Second Choice...)

"We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, 'This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.'

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. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." [2 Pet. 1:16-9]


Gospel Reading...

"Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to Jesus. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.

Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, 'Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah,' but Peter did not know what he was saying.

While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, 'This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!' When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen." [Lk. 9:28-36]



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