Transfiguration of the Lord, – 6th August 2022 — Gospel: Mk 9,2-10
Glimpses of His Glory
The feast of the Transfiguration was made a universal feast on 6th August by Pope Callixtus III to commemorate the raising of the Siege of Belgrade in 1456.
When the apostles witnessed the Transfiguration, two of them were dumbfounded and Peter barely knew what he was saying. In his Transfiguration, Christ revealed something well beyond his humanity, i.e., his glorified self. The three witnesses of the “mystery of Christ, true God and true man” also saw Elijah and Moses rejoicing in Jesus. They witnessed the fulfillment of the prophets’ announcement that God would send a Redeemer. This was the most amazing miracle the apostles had seen so far. They knew what they saw but couldn’t understand it clearly. Seeing could not imply understanding. What the apostles could not understand by themselves, the Holy Spirit overshadowed and revealed to them. Faith is a gift from the Holy Spirit. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the mystery is more understandable: Jesus is the Son of God, beloved of the Father, and we must listen to Him. We need a light that strengthens our reason to reach heights and depths that on its own it cannot.